Breaking Dolls Noses
I have a family member who insists that our children’s dolls must be deformed (breaking nose off). My question is if this is obligatory? Furthermore, my mother has somewhat of a business buying and selling expensive dolls. Would she need to deform them? What would be the halacha regarding Lego men and small figurines that are toys?
It is permissible to own dolls, one is not obligated to deform them. The reason for the prohibition to own human like dolls is due to the concern it looks as if one may be worshipping it. This concern does not apply to the common children’s toy. Some are stringent and require to slightly deform the doll. Lego and similar figurines are permissible according to all opinions.
See Chochmas Adam 85:6, Ritva Avoda Zara 43b s”v veibais, Shu”t Yabia Omer Y:D 3:8. cf. Igros Moshe Y:D 2:54, Shu”t Shevet Halevi Vol. 7 134:1.