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"You shall not profane My holy name, but I will be sanctified among the sons of Israel; I am the LORD who sanctifies you, who brought you out from the land of Egypt, to be your God; I am the LORD." (Leviticus 22:32-33)

This negative commandment literally tells us not to "profane" G-d's holy name. Profane means "marked by contempt or irreverence for what is sacred".

"You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations whom you shall dispossess serve their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. You shall tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and burn their Asherim with fire, and you shall cut down the engraved images of their gods and obliterate their name from that place. You shall not act like this toward the LORD your God." (Leviticus 12:2-4)

This negative commandment literally says that we should not destroy the places where we serve G-d, tear down G-d's altar, or obliterate G-d's name. These were the things Israel was commanded to do in regards to gods of the nations they dispossessed when they entered the promised land.

Last modified on 10 September 2016

"The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him." (Deuteronomy 18:15)

Moses speaks to the people of Israel and commands them to listen to [Hebrew: shema- hear and obey] a future prophet whom G-d will raise up for them.

"You shall not put the LORD your God to the test, as you tested Him at Massah." (Deuteronomy 6:16)

The literal commandment is not to put the LORD your G-d to the test. This commandment provides a specific example of what NOT to do: test G-d as the Israelites tested Him at Massah.

Last modified on 10 September 2016

"The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself, as He swore to you, if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God and walk in His ways." (Deuteronomy 28:9)

The literal commandment is to keep the commandments of G-d and walk in His ways [literally "paths"].

Last modified on 10 September 2016

"You shall fear the LORD your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him, and you shall swear by His name." (Deuteronomy 10:20)

The literal commandment is to serve and cling to G-d.

Last modified on 10 September 2016

"You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD." (Leviticus 19:18)

The literal commandment is for the members of the covenant to love their neighbor.

Last modified on 03 September 2016

"So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt." (Deuteronomy 10:19)

The literal commandment is to show love for the "alien" (i.e. foreigner [Hebrew: ger- sojourner, alien]).

Last modified on 03 September 2016

"You shall not hate your fellow countryman in your heart; you may surely reprove your neighbor, but shall not incur sin because of him." (Leviticus 19:17)

The literal commandment to the Israelites was that they should not hate other Israelites.

Last modified on 03 October 2016

"You shall not hate your fellow countryman in your heart; you may surely reprove your neighbor, but shall not incur sin because of him." (Leviticus 19:17)

The literal commandment is that we should reprove [admonish, rebuke] our neighbor when they are sinning.

Last modified on 03 October 2016

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