Rav Shraga Feivel Freedman - An Ambassador's Handbook - A Sefer On Kiddush Hashem
Rabeinu Yona in Shaarei Teshuva writes that Hashem separated us as His nation and gave us Torah and Mitzvos so that we, Klal Yisroel can serve as vehicles of kiddush Hashem in the world. This means that each Mitzvah performed is in reality a means towards increasing kavod Shamayim.
If this is the case, we, the ambassadors of Hashem in the world must ensure that the Mitzvos that we do, and the Torah that we learn do in fact serve to further kavod Shamayim. Yet unfortunately, this is not always the case.
It could be that the reason why this Mitzvah is not on the forefront of our minds is because of a lack of clarity and understanding of the role that Torah and Mitzvos play in bringing Kiddush Hashem to the world. Why is it so important to impress upon the world belief in Hashem? How does learning Torah, putting on Tefilin, and many other Mitzvos serve to increase kavod Shamayim? And how is it that despite the fact that all of our Avodas Hashem serve to be Mekadesh Shem Shamayim, there is still so much anti-semitism in the world which almost seems to be inevitable? How does the concept of Eisav sonei Yaakov fit in with kiddush Hashem? If our purpose is to increase the recognition of Hashem in the world, why is it not our role to publicly preach and proclaim our Emunah in Hashem to the world?
There is a sefer called Mekadshei Shemecha that was recently written that sheds light on these important yesodos. In the pesicha of the sefer Harav Matisyahu Solomon writes "that it is crucial in our times to strengthen ourselves in this mitzvah and one who learns this sefer will develop more caution and sensitivity to live his life al Kiddush Hashem". Kiddush Hashem is a concept that every Jew must understand with clarity.
Mekadshei Shemecha was written by Rav Shraga Feivel Freedman a Rebbi in Toras Chaim Denver. The Pesicha was written by Rav Mattisyahu Solomon. Aside from Haskamos from the Roshei Yeshiva of Torah Chaim, Mekadshei Shemecha also received warm haskamos from Rav Elya Ber Wachtfogel, Rav Shmuel Kaminetzky, and Rav Yitzchok Sheiner.
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