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You Shall Not Curse G-d

Updated: Oct 12, 2022

Divine Code for September 29, 2022

Today: Pages 205-207

From topic Part III -- Gentiles.

In the Torah the sin of ''blasphemy'' is circumscribed in terms of ''cursing God''. In this religious context, blasphemy is regarded as so unimaginable a rebellion and offensiveness that the traditional Hebrew terminology for it is the euphemism birkat HaShem. Literally this means blessing The Name (i.e.,G-d), thus the very opposite of what it is used to signify. The Torah has two explicit references to this offence:

(a) Exodus 22:27 states, ''You shall not curse G-d.'' The Hebrew word used here is te'kalel, from the root-word kal. It means ''to degrade,'' to hold in light esteem and despise.

(b) Leviticus 24:10-17 relates the incident of one who violated the cited injunction of Exodus 22:27, and the Divine edict declaring this to be a capital sin. Furthermore, it states there, ''ish ish (any man) who curses his G-d shall bear his sin.'' Why the double expression of ''ish ish'' (literally: ''a man, a man'')? To include all mankind, both Jews and Gentiles. Blasphemy this is prohibited to Gentiles as a capital sin even as it is for Israelites.

This reiterates the earlier prohibition of the Noahide Code expressed in the all-inclusive verse of Genesis 2:16, ''And HaShem [Y-H-V-H], G-d commanded...'': the citation of the Tetragrammaton Name in this verse alludes to the prohibition of blasphemy to Gentiles.

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