Expertise in Monotheism I

Expertise in Monotheism I
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Expertise in Monotheism I

About this Course

The Master of the universe commanded Adam in the prohibition against serving idols, as it says,2“And the Lord God commanded [upon] Adam …,” meaning that God commanded Adam to submit to His Divinity. The Sages explained that there are three meanings in this:

“I am God; do not exchange Me” – to rebel and replace Me with another god, which is the prohibition of idolatry.

“I am God; do not curse Me” – this being the prohibition of blaspheming God’s Name, since for God’s honor one must not disgrace and blaspheme Him.

“I am God; the fear of Me shall be upon you” – this being the obligation to fear God.

The prohibition of idolatry has two facets: the command to recognize and know God, and the prohibition against serving idols. Anyone who does not recognize and believe in God is a “deviant believer”. Likewise, anyone who serves idols denies all of God’s commandments (since he does not accept God’s Sovereignty), as well as His honor and His True Existence.

Lessons

  1. Lesson 2 : Forbidden interest in Idol Worship

    The worshipers of false gods have composed many texts concerning their services, each sect describing what is the essence of its service, what practices are involved, and what are its statutes.
  2. Lesson 3 : The Service of Moleh

    In one of the Moleĥ rituals, a father would give one of his children to the idol, and anyone who does so is liable for a capital sin.
  3. Lesson 4 : Forbiden Statues, images and Pillars

    " You shall not make for yourself a carved statue nor any image etc.”
  4. Lesson 5 : The Prohibition of Creating a New Religion

    Anyone who creates a new religion denies the command of God to all nations to keep the Seven Noahide Commandments, and transgresses the essential commandment of them all.

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