Monday, November 2, 2009

Mitzvah #20 - Not to swear in an idol's name

One may not swear by an idol's name.

One should not mention the name of an idol in one's conversations.

Even mentioning an idol as a landmark is forbidden. E.g. "please meet me next to [name of idol]".

One may mention idols mentioned in Sefarim (E.g.: Tanach or Gemara) like Pe'or and Nevo.

One may not cause others to swear in the name of an idol - including non-Jews.

Applies to everybody, everywhere, all the time.

Pasuk: And the name of other gods do not mention (Shmos 23:13)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Negative Mitzvah 13

- Danny
Monday, 15 Marcheshvan 5770

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