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The Idolatry of Molech

   by Reb Gutman Locks 

The Idolatry of Molech


     There is a disagreement as to what the idol worship of Molech actually was. Molech was the Canaanite "god of fire".[i] The idol worshiper would pass his child through the fire of Molech. Some say the father gave his child to be passed between two fires, some say the child was to be passed over a flame, and some say that he actually gave his child to be thrown into the fire itself?

     It seems to me that there should be no disagreement as to whether the child was left physically unharmed, or was actually put into the fire.

     My reasoning is that when Hashem tested Avraham and told him to offer up his beloved son Yitzchak, and Avraham obeyed, Hashem blessed Avraham with tremendous blessings. But if offering up a child was a form of common idolatry, what was so great about what Avraham did? It must have been that the idolatry was not to harm the child, but to just pass him between or over the flames.

     One of the blessings Hashem gave to Avraham was that the entire world would be blessed through Yitzchak's descendants (the Jewish people).

     Jews have always been one of the least numerous peoples in the World, yet the accomplishments of the Jewish people throughout the ages in almost every field has been astonishing. For instance, even though only 1 out of 516 people in the world is Jewish, 1 out of 4 Noble prize winners is Jewish. Indeed, the entire world continues to be blessed because of Hashem's promise to Avraham.


[i] Lev 18:23,  2 Kings 23:10


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