Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

The Basics

5: Sanctifying Hashem’s Name

I should be sanctified among the Children of Israel. (Vayikra 22:33)

Following the first four mitzvos, we are taught that we have to be willing to give up our lives in honor of Hashem, if necessary.

This mitzvah has two aspects: the mitzvah to die al kiddush Hashem (in sanctification of Hashem’s name), if necessary, and the mitzvah to always live al kiddush Hashem. Hashem is the Creator of everything. He made us and gave us His Torah. Thus:

• One must give up his life rather than deny Hashem’s existence, commit adultery, or cause bloodshed (the three cardinal sins).

• If one is ordered to commit any sin in front of ten Jews, he must give up his life rather than commit the sin.

• If one is ordered to commit a sin at a time of shemad (persecution), he must accept death, even in private.

In our daily lives we are obligated to sanctify Hashem’s name, as the Rambam teaches:

If someone behaves in a manner which upsets people, even if he is not doing any specific transgressions, this is a chillul Hashem.... A wise person must be meticulous with his actions and act beyond the letter of the law. When he is careful to speak with gentleness to others, is involved with them, greets them even if they shame him, honors even those who are disrespectful to him, conducts his business dealings honestly...is always seen studying Torah...and acts in ways that are even beyond the Torah’s requirements until everyone praises him, loves him, and desires to emulate his deeds: this person is sanctifying Hashem’s name. (Hilchos Yesodei HaTorah 5:11)


Text Copyright © 2006 by Rabbi Moshe Goldberger and Torah.org.


 






ARTICLES ON DEVARIM AND THE THREE WEEKS:

View Complete List

The Laws of Kashrus: Is it techinical or something deeper?
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5773

Falsehood's Foothold
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

The Three Weeks: What Are We Trying to Achieve?
Rabbi Naphtali Hoff - 5768

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

To My Very Last Breath
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

Harnessing Powers
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5761

Parshas Devarim - Eichah?
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

ArtScroll

Learning to Love What Is!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5767

Flight to Freedom
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5763

Now I Know My Aleph-Bais
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5764

Looking for a Chavrusah?

No Child's Game
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5760

The Speech That Never Ends
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5764

A Clash of Titans
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5763

> Choosing a Vision
- 5768

Forgotten Oaths
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

Who will Remember?
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5761

The Bobover Rebbe Zt"l
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5760



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information