In Proverbs 28:4 the scripture states
“They that forsake the Torah
praise the wicked;
But such as keep the Torah
contend with them.”
From this word it is evident
that if you praise the wicked
and do not rebuke them,
then you do not keep the Torah
and you have forsaken it.
It does not matter if you observe
Shabbat, keep kosher,
wear tsitsis, put on tefillin,
pray the Shacharit, the Minchah,
and the Maariv every day,
you have forsaken the Torah.
The scripture says in addition
in Proverbs 24:24
“He that says to the wicked,
‘You are righteous’;
him shall the people curse,
nations shall abhor him.”
This is a great underlying cause
of anti-Semitism among
nations and peoples.
If we, being Jews, have the Torah,
and are entrusted with it,
do not rebuke the wicked,
or say to him “you are righteous”,
it brings against us the
curse of the people and
the abhorrence of the nations.
There are many grievous sins
that are condoned by the nations,
and they even praise them.
Among these is abortion,
which is the sacrifice of children
to Molech, the god of lust;
‘Gives any of his seed to Molech’
כי מזרעו נתן למולך
homosexuality and lesbianism;
‘If a man also lie with mankind,
as he lies with a woman,
both of them have committed abomination.’
איש אשר ישכב
את זכר משכבי אשה
sorcery and witchcraft;
‘And the soul that turns after such
as have familiar spirits, and wizards,
to go a whoring after them,
I will set my face against that soul,
and will cut him off from among his people.’
והנפש אשר תפנה
אל האבת ואל הידענים
ונתתי את פני בנפש ההוא
והכרתי אתו מקרב עמו:
evidenced by the recent upsurge
in popularity of the ‘Harry Potter’
deception; all these things are
declared by HASHEM in the Torah
to be an Abomination to Him,
תועבת יהוה אלהיך
and we should rise up and
openly condemn such things.
If we do not, we have forsaken the Torah.
If we say ‘Peace’ to the wicked
when he or she is practicing evil,
we cast a snare at his or her feet,
because unless that person utterly forsakes
and repents of that sin,
the wrath of G-d will be upon that person eternally.
The Torah also commands us
in Leviticus 19:17-18.
“You shall not hate
your brother in your heart:
you shall in any wise
rebuke your neighbor,
and not suffer sin upon him.
You shall not avenge,
nor bear any grudge
against the children of your people;
but you shall love your neighbor
I am the LORD.”
את אחיך בּלבבך
הוכח תוכיח את עמיתך
ולא תשא עליו חטא:
לא תקם ולא תטר
את בני עמך
ואהבת לרעך כמוך
The Torah here states emphatically
that if we do not rebuke our brother
when we see him sinning, then we
hate him in our hearts.
Our brother here is all people,
but especially this applies to
the children of our own people Israel.
We cannot forbear to rebuke him,
and keep the mitzvah מצוה to love
our neighbor as yourself.
If we don’t rebuke, him we hate him.
If we rebuke him, we love him.
It’s just that simple.
So if we are intent upon
we had better do it,
because He concludes this
by saying “I am the LORD” אני יהוה !