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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 2 - The 365 Prohibitions of the Tora

60 - BLASPHEMING THE GREAT NAME


Leviticus 24:16 -- “And whoever blasphemes the name of the LORD shall surely be put to death. All the congregation shall certainly stone him, the stranger as well as him who is born in the land. When he blasphemes the name of the Lord, he shall be put to death.

Maimonides says in the “Mishneh Torah”: “He who asserts that idolatry is true, even if he does not worship an idol, reviles and blasphemes the Honored and Revered Name of the Lord. The worshipper of idols and the blasphemer are thus in the same class… Hence, the worshipper of idols is hanged, just as the blasphemer is hanged, in each case after being first stoned… Both the blasphemer and the worshipper of idols deny the fundamental principles of our religion.”*

* Mishneh Torah, Mada, Hilchoth Abodath Kochabim II, 6

“Of all those who are condemned to death by a court of law, the blasphemer is the only one in whose case all the witnesses and judges are required to place their hands, one after another, upon the head of the culprit and say to him, ‘Thy blood be upon thy head, for thou hast brought it on thyself.’”*

* Mishneh Torah, Mada, Hilchoth Abodath Kochabim II, 10; see also Lev. XXIV, 14

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