Mitzvah #226 – Setting a good example

Tweet about this on Twitter0Share on Facebook0Share on LinkedIn0Pin on Pinterest0
Any behavior which causes a Chillul Hashem – a desecration of G-d’s name – is forbidden.

There are 3 aspects to this prohibition:

1. If one is being coerced to sin with the intention of profaning one’s religion, then one has to be prepared to be killed rather than sin. In the case of idolatry, adultery and idol worship, even if the intention is not religiously oriented one has to be prepared to die rather than sin. One who sins rather than dies has done a Chillul Hashem.

2. One who does any sin merely for the sake of rebelling against G-d, and not because he will benefit from the sin, has done a Chillul Hashem.

3. When a person who people look up to (like a Rabbi or teacher) does something which most people assume is wrong (even if technically it’s permitted) then he has done a Chillul Hashem.

The sin of  Chillul Hashem – desecrating G-d’s name – is so severe that Teshuva (repentance) and Yom Kippur are not sufficient to eradicate it; and only death completes the atonement.

Applies to everybody, everywhere, always.

Verse: “Do not desecrate My Holy Name” (Vayikra 22:32)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim’s Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Prohibition 155

 
Danny Schoemann (for more visit Danny’ website)
Tweet about this on Twitter0Share on Facebook0Share on LinkedIn0Pin on Pinterest0