Sanctifying G-d's Name Positive Commandment 9:
We are commanded to sanctify G-d's holy Name by publicly proclaiming our faith and religion. In the event that a tyrant attempts to coerce us to renounce our belief in G-d, we are commanded to refuse to comply—even if the tyrant threatens to kill us. We may not even verbally deny our belief in G-d, though in our hearts we remain true to Him.
The precept, "I shall be sanctified among the children of Israel," implies the duty to "
sanctify the Name
" by giving up one's life, if necessary, rather than betray our covenant with God. and w
ith the Shema on their lips, Jews went to martyrdom at the Inquisitor's stake and in the Nazi gas chambers – rather than renounce their faith in God.
Isaiah 26:19 "May Your dead live, 'My corpses shall rise;" The corpses of My people who made themselves corpses (Martyrs) for My sake, they shall be raised up. This is the opposite of what is written in Isaiah 19:14: “Slackers shall not rise.” These, however, shall rise. "awaken and sing, you who dwell in the dust, for a dew of lights is your dew," All this the Holy One, blessed be He, shall say to them, the prophet's people . “Awaken and sing, you who dwell in the dust...” the dew of Your Torah and Your commandments shall be to them dew of light."and [to the] earth You shall cast the slackers."
And to the earth and to the dust You shall cast the land of (sic) the slackers who slackened their hands from Your Torah (Rashi).
Daniel 12:2 "And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to reproaches and everlasting abhorrence." This refers to the resurrection of the dead (Rashi) – as well, of course, to the tremendous spiritual awakening and the widespread return to the Torah that we witness in our time among Israelite souls that in some cases have been buried in exile and cultural alienation for centuries. This itself is the revival of the dead! See also Ezekiel Ch. 37, Zechariah 14:4-5, Song of Songs 8:5, Isaiah 66:8-13,23-24
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Positive Commandment 3
"And you shall love the L-rd, your G-d"—Deuteronomy 6:5.
We are commanded to love G-d. We foster a love for G-d by studying and contemplating His Torah, His commandments, and His awesome deeds. Through studying and meditating about G-d we come to have somewhat of an understanding of His greatness—which automatically spawns a deep love for Him.
"You shall love your God" means that you should make the Divine Name beloved
This mitzvah also includes sharing our knowledge of G-d with others, and calling upon our fellows to serve Him. After all, if we love G-d, we’d surely sing His praises before all who are ready to hear. Read more:
"And My holy name will I make known in the midst of My people Israel; neither will I suffer My holy name to be profaned any more; and the nations shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel. Behold, it cometh, and it shall be done, saith the Lord GOD; This is the day whereof I have spoken."
"Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD: Now will I bring back the captivity of Jacob, and have compassion upon the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name. And they shall bear their shame, and all their breach of faith which they have committed against Me, when they shall dwell safely in their land, and none shall make them afraid; when I have brought them back from the peoples, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations.
And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, in that I caused them to go into captivity among the nations, and have gathered them unto their own land; and I will leave none of them any more there; neither will I hide My face any more from them; for I have poured out My spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD."
Isaiah 5:16 "But the LORD of hosts is exalted through justice, and God the Holy One is sanctified through righteousness." Daniel 12:3 "And they that are wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn the many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever."
"And thou shalt come from thy place out of the uttermost parts of the north, thou, and many peoples with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company and a mighty army; and thou shalt come up against My people Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the end of days,and I will bring thee against My land, that the nations may know Me, when I shall be sanctified through thee, O Gog, before their eyes.
The rabbis of the Talmud state that the category of "the wise" includes every DAYAN ("judge") who judges truthfully as well as those who go around collecting charity, while "they who turn many to righteousness" are those who teach Torah to little children (Bava Basra 8b).
Isaiah 28:17 "And I will make justice the line, and righteousness the plummet; and the hail (His voice) shall sweep away the refuge of lies (of Christianity and Islam), and the waters (Torah) shall overflow the hiding-place" (the mind, Job 38:22-23,36, Psalm 18:13-14, 51:8).
"And it shall be righteousness unto us, if we observe to do all this commandment before the LORD our God, as He hath commanded us' (Deut. 6:25). While non-Jews are only obligated to obey the seven commandments given to Noah, Jews are responsible for fulfilling the 613 Mitzvot in the Torah, thus God will punish Jews for doing many things that would not be a sin for non-Jews.
Read more: Gentiles
"And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and confidence for ever. And my people shall abide in a peaceable habitation, and in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting-places" (Isaiah 32:17-18). "Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the LORD thy God, who teacheth thee for thy profit, who leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. Oh that thou wouldest hearken to My commandments! then would thy peace be as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea; Thy seed also would be as the sand, and the offspring of thy body like the grains thereof; his name would not be cut off nor destroyed from before Me"
"And there shall be on every high mountain and on every raised hill, canals, rivulets of water, on the day of the great slaying, when the great ones fall (Islam & Christianity).
And the light of the moon shall be like the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold as the light of the seven days, on the day the Lord shall bind the fracture of His people, and the stroke of their wound He shall heal.
Behold the Name of the Lord comes from long ago, His wrath is kindled, and the weight of the burden; His lips are filled with fury, and His tongue is like a consuming fire. And His breath is like a flooding stream,.. And the Lord shall make heard the glory of His voice, and the laying down of His arm shall He show, with furious anger and a flame of consuming fire, bursting and storming rain, and hailstones" (Isaiah 30:25-28,30).
And it shall come to pass in that day, when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that My fury shall arise up in My nostrils. For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath have I spoken: Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; so that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field and all creeping things that creep upon the ground, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at My presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.
And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD; every man's sword shall be against his brother. And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will cause to rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many peoples that are with him, an overflowing shower, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
Thus will I magnify Myself, and sanctify Myself, and I will make Myself known in the eyes of many nations; and they shall know that I am the LORD."
Isaiah 2:17-18 "And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of man shall be humbled, and the Lord alone shall be exalted on that day (t
hat is the Day of Judgment).
And the idols shall completely pass away." Isaiah 8:13 "The LORD of hosts, Him shall ye sanctify; and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread."
Isaiah 29:22-24 "Therefore thus saith the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: Jacob shall not now be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax pale; When he seeth his children, the work of My hands, in the midst of him, that they sanctify My name; yea, they shall sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall stand in awe of the God of Israel. They also that err in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmur shall learn instruction."
Positive Commandment 5
"And you shall serve the Lord, your God" (
We are commanded countless times throughout the Torah to serve G-d. Although this is a general commandment, it does contain a very specific application: prayer, service of the heart as expressed through the mouth. Read more:
Avodah generally refers to Divine service or worship. For example, it's part of the Divine service to serve G-d with joy! "eizohi Avodah shebelev? zu Teffilah." What is the service of the heart? that is teffilah, prayer. That is why in chassidism there is a great emphasis on prayer (Talmud Bavli, Ta'anit 2a). A crucial part of Divine service is not just prayer, and Torah study, but to actually destroy idolatry (Exodus 23:20-33).
"And all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou didst not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded thee.
And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever; because thou didst not serve the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, by reason of the abundance of all things;
therefore shalt thou serve thine enemy whom the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things; and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee" (Deut. 28:45-48).
Deuteronomy 7:1-5 "When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and shall cast out many nations before thee, the Hittite,.. and the Canaanite,.. and the Jebusite, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; and when the LORD thy God shall deliver them up before thee, and thou shalt smite them; then thou shalt utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor show mercy unto them; neither shalt thou make marriages with them:.. But thus shall ye deal with them: ye shall break down their altars, and dash in pieces their pillars, and hew down their Asherim, and burn their graven images with fire."
Rewriting the history of the Land of Israel in order to deny Israel's right to exist is central to Palestinian Authority (PA) policy. Long before it started the Terror War in 2000, the PA was fighting a history war – erasing Jewish history and replacing it with a fabricated Palestinian history:
Dr. Yunes Amr, President of the Al-Quds Open University: “The Palestinians are Arab Canaanites " (Al-Ayyam, Apr. 7, 2009). PA TV: "The Canaanites were Arabs, Israelis must go " (Palestinian TV (Fatah), Dec. 20, 2005).
Canaanite "forefathers of Palestinians" built the Temple
(Palestinian TV (Fatah), Aug. 2, 2004). Read more: Rewriting History
"If the "Palestinians" are the original inhabitants of the land, since they now claim to be the original "Canaanites", they cannot possibly be descendants of Avraham, ergo, not people of the Book, since the Canaanites were in the land before the time of Avraham."
Read more: Challenging Israel's legitimacy, the truth about "palestine " by Daniel Doron.
We remember that God would "smite every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast, and upon all the gods of Egypt will I wreak judgments I, the Lord" (Exodus 12:12).
And the Egyptians were busy burying because the Lord had struck down their firstborn (their priests) and had wrought vengeance against their deities" (Numbers 33:4).
See also Micah 7:15-20, Jeremiah 16:19-21.
The First Born
Deuteronomy 7:23-26 "But the Lord, your God, will deliver them to you, and He will confound them with great confusion, until they are destroyed. And He will deliver their kings into your hand, and you will destroy their name from beneath the heavens; no man will be able to stand up before you, until you have destroyed them. The graven images of their gods you will burn with fire;.. for it is an abomination to the Lord, your God.
but you shall utterly detest it, and you shall utterly abhor it; for it is to be destroyed." See also Zechariah 14:13 and "Gog and Magog."
Did the Passover Lamb Foreshadow Jesus?
An indication of the centrality of the Pesach sacrifice
may be seen in the fact that the image of the Paschal lamb was taken over and transmuted by the early developers of Christianity, as if their savior, somehow became the paschal lamb.
They introduced a new rite of
"communion" in which the consumption of the sacrificial lamb was replaced with the eating of the founder's transubstantiated "flesh" (wafers of "bread" = Matzah) and the drinking of his "blood" (wine = "cup of redemption").
This rite could be performed in places of worship anywhere and was, within a generation, opened up to anyone, including the uncircumcised.
The purpose was to try to displace the Children of Israel, G-d's true circumcised, from their role in creation, and to displace the Temple in Jerusalem and its sacrificial system, as laid down in the Torah, from their central position in the atonement of man's sins (Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum).
"Jeshurun, there is none like God; He Who rides the heavens is at your assistance, and with His majesty, [He rides] the skies,
which are the abode for the God Who precedes all, and below, are the mighty ones of the world. He expelled the enemy from before you, and said, 'Destroy!'
And Israel dwelled safely and alone as Jacob [blessed them], in a land of grain and wine; also, their heavens will drip dew. Fortunate are you, O Israel! Who is like you, O people whose salvation is through the Lord, the Shield Who helps you, your majestic Sword! Your enemies will lie to you, but you will tread upon their heights" (Deuteronomy 33:26-29).
Actually, according to the Book of Samuel 24, king David bought a threshing-floor from Aravnah the Jebusite, (Ornan the Jebusite, 1 Chr. 21:18), on which he erected a altar to the Lord, the implication being that the altar became the core of the Temple of Solomon.
Jeremiah 30:5,7-11 "For so said the Lord: A sound of quaking we have heard, fear, and there is no peace.
Ho! For that day (the day of the downfall of Gog) is great, with none like it, and it is a time of distress for Jacob, through which he shall be saved." And may this verse be fulfilled for Israel, that the yoke of the heathens will be removed from Israel:
"And it shall be on that day, says the Lord of Hosts, [that] I will break his yoke off your neck, and I will break your thongs, and strangers shall no longer enslave them (See Deut. 28:48).
And they shall serve the Lord their God and David their king, whom I will set up for them. And you, fear not, My servant Jacob, says the Lord, and do not be dismayed, O Israel, for behold I save you from afar and your seed from the land of their captivity, and Jacob shall again be silent and at ease, and no one will frighten them. For I am with you, says the Lord, to save you, for I will make an end of all the nations where I dispersed you, but of you I will not make an end, but I will chasten you in measure, and I will not completely destroy you." See Isaiah 48:17-19.