Post A Note
Ask The Rabbi
Torah Study
Chat Room
World News
One Minute Joke
Famous Quotes

Free Advertisements

Hakol b'yday Shemayim Chutx m'Yiras Shemayim


Chesed Club World Wide Center & Discussion Groups

Username:   Password:

Create new account - Forgot username or password?


Back - Print Page

Negative Commandment #11

Sefer Ha’mitzvos Ha’Katzar (The concise book of mitzvos)
By the Chofetz Chaim

This book lists the Torah mitzvos that can be observed today

Second Section – the Negative Commandments

11. It is a negative commandment not to bow down to idols

As it states in Shemos (Exodus) 20:5, "Do not bow down to them." Even if this is not the way to serve that idol, if a person bows down this to an idol, since this is the way of serving G-d, he deserves the death penalty by stoning. If he did it willingly but without warning, he receives kares (premature death). If he does it accidentally, he must bring a sin offering. The same law applies if a person brings it an offering, sprinkles blood in front of it, burns parts to it, or pours libations to it, because these are all ways of worshipping G-d in the Temple. This is true even if when it is not the normal way of serving that idol. A person should be killed instead of committing one of these sins.

If, in front of an idol, a person's coins became scattered or a thorn was stuck in his leg, he should not bend down to gather them or remove the thorn in front of the idol. This is because it looks like the person is bowing to the idol. He should turn his back or turn to the side to do this.

This applies in all places and at all times, for men and for women.

| Chesed club | How to get started | Guide for the Shomrim | Short Prayer | In English |
| Short Prayer In Hebrew | 10 Rules Of Shmiras | Haloshon | Hebrew/English |

851 N.E. 182 Tr
N.M.B. Fl. 33162
305.491.1326 Cell
786.999.0282 Fax