NO IDOLATRY

Acknowledge that there is a single G‑d who cares about what we are doing and desires that we take care of His world.

10 sub-laws of  Laws of Idolatry According to

Rabbi Dr. Aaron Lichtenstein;

[10 Negative, 0 Positive]

  1. “Against entertaining the thought that there exists a deity except HaShem.”

    Negative Mitzvah 1
    Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no other gods besides Me”

  2. “Against making any graven image [& against having anyone else make one for us].”

    Negative Mitzvah 2
    Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no other gods besides Me”

  3. “Against making idols for use by others.”

    Negative Mitzvah 3
    Leviticus 19:4 “Do not make gods out of metal, for yourselves”

  4. “Against making any forbidden statues [even when they are for ornamental purposes].”

    Negative Mitzvah 4
    Exodus 20:20 “Do not make with Me gods of silver, neither shall you make for yourselves gods of gold”

  5. “Against bowing to any idol [& not to sacrifice nor to pour libation nor to burn incense before any idol, even where it is not the customary manner of worship to the particular idol].”

    Negative Mitzvah 5
    Exodus 20:5 “Do not bow down to them”

  6. “Against worshipping idols in any of their customary manners of worship.”

    Negative Mitzvah 6
    Exodus 20:5 “Do not worship them”

  7. “Against causing our children to pass [through the fire] in the worship of Molech.” In ancient times, the worship of “Molech” – an Ammonite G-d – was very common, and it required that children be used for the ritual ceremony.

    Negative Mitzvah 7
    Leviticus 18:21 “Do not give any of your children to set them apart to Molech”

  8. “Against practicing Ov.” [Ov is Divination using a mantra to obtain a  meditative trance to commune with the dead]

    Negative Mitzvah 8
    Leviticus 19:31 “Do not turn to mediums”

  9. “Against practicing Yiddoni.” [A Yiddoni involves ritual acts and meditation as a means of imaginary prophecy]

    Negative Mitzvah 9
    Leviticus 19:31 “Do not turn to oracles”

  10. “Against turning to idolatry [in word, in thought, in deed, or by any observance that may draw us to its worship].”

    Negative Mitzvah 10
    Leviticus 19:4 “Do not turn to idols”

Especially now in these turbulent times, when so many people everywhere feel pressured and unsettled as a result of the global financial crisis, it is more important than ever to focus on the most important part of life: the spiritual integrity of human beings before G-d and the desire of the Creator to bestow all blessings on humanity through the full and complete redemption. At the same time, for the sake of children and youth around the world, it is critical that the representatives of the nations affirm and commit publicly to the basic premise, that people respect the very core fabric of life given by the Creator, which the Seven Universal Laws of Noah represent.  - Rabbi YD Kohen