In the Torah section of Re’eh (Devarim 12:2-3), G-d exhorts the children of Israel upon their entry into the Land of Israel at the time populated, as discussed previously, by the bestial pagan Canaanites: “You shall utterly destroy all the places wherein the nations which you shall possess served their gods…And you shall overthrow their altars and break their pillars and burn their [idolatrous] groves with fire and you shall hew down the graven images of their gods and you shall destroy their names.” This exhortation is a further amplification of what we read in G-d’s presentation of the Ten Commandments. After stating “I am G-d … who took you out of Egypt,” G-d exhorts us, “You shall not recognize the gods of others in My presence. You shall not make yourself a carved image nor any likeness of that which is in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the water beneath the earth. You shall not prostrate yourself to them nor worship them” (Sh’mot 20:1-5).
The Torah portion of Tazria begins with a small section on the procedure to be followed pursuant to the birth of a child: “When a