Question: My daughters received several different types of dolls (Barbie, porcelain, etc.). If the faces look like normal human faces, do I have to do something to the face or body to avoid the problem of owning a “pesel”?

Answer:No, you do not have to do anything to the dolls. Making a figure is a prohibition in the Torah. Keeping one in the house is midderabonon, out of concern that people will think you worship it. The Netziv (Ha'amek She'olo 57:3) and other poskim have ruled that this issur derabonon was linked to the reason mentioned. Therefore, since in contemporary western society (which is far removed from idol worship), no one will think that you, your wife or your daughters worship any of the dolls, there is no issur midderabonon to possess them.

BookID: 2 Chapter: 141

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