Not Causing A Chillul Hashem By Simcha Sommer - Editor of Web Articles, Grade 10 Liluy Nishmat Esther Necha Bat Chana Chaya
וּמִזַּרְעֲךָ לֹא-תִתֵּן, לְהַעֲבִיר לַמֹּלֶךְ; וְלֹא תְחַלֵּל אֶת-שֵׁם אֱלֹהֶיךָ, אֲנִי יְהוָה And you shall not pass any of your children in front of Molech, and do not profane me, I am Hashem.
This week the Torah tells us not to sacrifice our children to the Avoda Zara Molech. We learn that in this Avoda Zara, people would literally burn their children for the G-d Molech. But what does this have to do with disgracing Hashem’s name? Rashban explains, one might see you doing this and think, he is willing to kill his son for Molech, but only an animal (for a korban) for Hashem! This Rashban explains will cause a Chillul Hashem. But what does this have anything to do with us now? We do not serve Molech! If we consider a scenario, it might explain this a little better.
Imagine Reuven, he is putting away his Tefillin after Shacharit, and momentarily, his Shel Rosh drops and before he can catch it, it hits the chair in front of him and dents the Tefillin. Upset, he decides that later that day he will take his Tefillin to the Tefillin repair store after work. Now, as he is leaves the Shul, he notices his car has a dent in it. His brand new Lexus has a dent!! Well perhaps, he thinks, maybe this guy at least left his phone number on a note in the windshield, he looks, no note! What a guy! Angry, he storms into the car, thinking of the audacity of this man to dent his new car and not ever leave a note!! Now stop right here. It’s safe to say that Reuven has completely forgot about the dent he got in his Tefillin, and is completely upset about his car.
This is what the Pasuk means, not about serving Molech. Not actually serving him, but rather in these cases, from here it certainly looks bad for Reuven, upset about the Tefillin but furious about his new car, these are the things the Torah is telling us to be careful about and not to make a Chillul Hashem. Have a Great Shabbat!!