Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

The Path of the Just

Chapter 19 (Part 12)

We also express love for G-d by being keen to defend His name and His standing in others’ eyes. For in fact there are individuals who simply haven’t the sense of familiarity with G-d that you might have, and you are thus duty-bound to defend His “reputation” to them.

Now, some of them have either never sensed His presence in their lives or were never taught to catch sight of Him in the distance and to invite Him near, so their reticence is understandable albeit misbegotten. It’s easy enough to share your love of Him with such individuals, in that they only need to be introduced to G-d by your lights.

Others, though, are what can only be termed out-and-out “enemies” of G-d. They despise the very idea of a Creator and His interactions with the world, and try to have others do so too. Those who love G-d would go out of their way to dissuade these lost souls from their wrongful ways and would defend G-d’s standing to their faces.

In fact, our sages point out that anyone who “has it within his power to rebuke” someone like that but doesn’t is “no different than he” (see Shabbat 54b), because he didn’t go about actively defending G-d’s name.

And as Ramchal puts it, “the reason for this is obvious. One who loves his friend simply couldn’t stand seeing him attacked or abused, and would certainly come to his aid. So in that same spirit, one who truly loves G-d could never endure seeing His name being profaned, G-d forbid, or His commandments being overrun”. And they’d steadfastly defend Him.

The point of the matter is that G-d’s being belittled or dismissed would irk you if you truly loved Him. In fact, the degree your heart hurts when you see others besmirching G-d’s reputation marks the level of your piety; as truly pious people would surely be despondent when their Beloved was being defamed.


 

Text Copyright © 2010 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org

Rabbi Feldman's new book, Bachya Ibn Pakuda's The Duties of the Heart, is now available! Order Now


 






ARTICLES ON YOM KIPPUR:

View Complete List

Deep Heat Therapy
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5758

'Sin... Don't Laugh!'
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

Time to Return
Shlomo Katz - 5768

> Shabbos Shuva - A Year-long Effect
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

Are We A Role Model for the World?
Rabbi Yosef Kalatsky - 5764

Yom Kippur
Shlomo Katz - 5773

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Commandment of Confession
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

I Want To Come Home, But I Don't Know If Dad Will Let Me In
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5775

Interpersonal Relationships
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

ArtScroll

A Happy Day
Shlomo Katz - 5769

Repentance: A Story
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

Growing Through the Holidays: Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Sukkos
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5774

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Yom Kippur
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5772

The Role of Teshuvah
Shlomo Katz - 5759

A Yom Kippur to Remember
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5760

The Taste of Repentance
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information