MITZVOT” “Chillul HaShem”

Negative Mitzvah 63: Desecrating the name of G-d

Leviticus 22:32 "Neither shall you profane My holy name"

Everything a Jew does, has an effect on the way others look at the
Jewish people and the Torah.

The Torah expects a Jew to behave in a proper and fitting manner.

If a person follows the Mitzvot and acts in a just manner, other
people will notice him and praise HaShem and His chosen nation (see
also Positive Mitzvah 9).

However, if the individual does not act properly, people will see and
criticize, not only the person himself, but HaShem and His nation.

This is called a "Chillul HaShem" – a desecration of G-d’s name.

This Negative Mitzvah describes three types of situations where a Jew
must be very careful in what he says and how he acts, so that he will
not cause a Chillul HaShem.

1) The first type of Chillul HaShem is when the Jewish religion
is challenged.

If an evil nation or person proclaims that Jews are no longer
allowed to follow the Torah, obeying such a ruling would be
considered a Chillul HaShem.

Our history is full of countless stories of Jews who chose to
sacrifice their lives rather than deny their faith.

2) The second type of Chillul HaShem is when a Jew’s behavior is
irresponsible and disrespectful of Torah and Mitzvot, even if he
does not benefit from his actions. This is also a Chillul HaShem.

3) The third type of Chillul HaShem involves an individual who is
regarded as a religious person and upholds the Torah.

If this person does something that even seems wrong, other people
will point at him and say: "Look at that person who calls himself
a religious Jew!"

An example of this type of Chillul HaShem would be, Yeshivah students
dumping their garbage out of the bus windows… Or a girl siting
comfortably on a public bus, ignoring an elderly lady who is
standing…

If we act in such a manner that causes other people to disapprove of
our actions, because they are not proper or fitting, this too is
considered a Chillul HaShem.

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