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The 16th prohibition is that we are forbidden from leading someone astray by encouraging [even] one Jew to serve idolatry. The person who does so is called a meisit )inciter), as we have explained above.1

The verse which is the source of this commandment is G‑d's statement (exalted be He), regarding a meisit,2 "'[If your maternal brother tries to lead you astray…secretly, saying, 'Let us go and serve false gods…You shall put him to death…] and they shall no longer do such an evil thing in your midst."

One who transgresses this prohibition, i.e. the one who incites another Jew [towards idolatry] is liable to execution by stoning, as the verse states,3 "You must certainly kill him." The one whom the meisit tried to incite should be the one to perform the execution, as in G‑d's statement (exalted be He),4 "Your hand shall be the first against him to kill him." In the words of the Sifri, "The one who was incited is commanded to execute him."

The details of this mitzvah have been explained in the seventh chapter of Sanhedrin.5

(Meaning, that once the Court gives a verdict of death, the one incited becomes the executioner. There is no extra judicial killing, other than in self defense, or defense of another. -J.S.)
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The 15th prohibition is that we are forbidden from leading people to idolatry by speaking to them and encouraging them to serve an idol — even if the person himself did not serve the idol or do anything other than leading [others] to it. If he misleads the many people1 he is called a madi'ach (subverter).

The source of this prohibition is G‑d's statement (exalted be He),2 "Wicked men among you have led the city's inhabitants astray saying ['Let us go and serve false gods.']" If he leads an individual person astray, then he is termed a meisit (inciter),3 the source being G‑d's statement (exalted be He),4 "If your maternal brother tries to lead you astray […secretly, saying, 'Let us go and serve false gods…']."

But in this prohibition we are speaking exclusively about a madi'ach, and the source of this commandment is G‑d's statement (exalted be He),5 "[You may not mention the name of a false gods;]You must not let it be heard through your mouth."

Our Sages said in tractate Sanhedrin,6 "The verse, 'You must not let it be heard through your mouth,' is the prohibition of meisit.7 [The Talmud then challenges,] But the prohibition of meisit is already written explicitly: '[If your maternal brother tries to lead you astray…secretly, saying, 'Let us go and serve false gods…You shall put him to death…] and they will no longer do [this wicked act in your midst]'! Rather, the verse ['You must not let it be heard through your mouth'] is the prohibition of madi'ach." The Mechilta of Rabbi Yishmael similarly says, "The verse, 'You must not let it be heard through your mouth,' is the prohibition of madi'ach."

One who transgresses this prohibition is punished to death by stoning. In the words of tractate Sanhedrin,8 "Those who lead a city to idolatry9 are punished by stoning.

The details of this mitzvah have been explained in the tenth chapter of Sanhedrin.10
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The 14th prohibition is that we are forbidden from swearing in the name of an idol, even [when dealing] with idol worshippers. So too we may not cause them to swear in the name of an idol, as our Sages explained in their statement,1 "One may not cause a non-Jew to swear in the name of his idol."

The source of this commandment is G‑d's statement (exalted be He),2 "Do not mention the name of other gods," i.e. by having a non-Jew swear in the name of his idol. Our Sages also explained there, "The verse, 'Do not mention,' teaches that one may not utter a vow in the name of an idol." The Gemara says in Sanhedrin,3 "The verse, 'Do not mention,' teaches that one person may not tell another, 'Wait for me next to such-and-such an idol.'"

One who transgresses this prohibition — by swearing in a reverential manner by any created being which people mistakenly believe in as a god — is punished by lashes.

In tractate Sanhedrin, when discussing the prohibition of hugging an idol, kissing it, sweeping the floor before it, or showing any signs of respect or love, our Sages said, "One is not punished by lashes unless utters a vow or an oath in its name."

The details of this mitzvah have been explained in the seventh chapter of Sanhedrin.
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The 13th prohibition is that we are forbidden from planting trees in the Holy Temple or next to the altar for decoration or beauty, even if the intention is to serve G‑d. This is because pagans would also honor idols in this way, i.e. by planting beautiful, pleasant-looking trees in their houses of worship.

The source of this commandment is G‑d's statement (exalted be He),1 "Do not plant for yourself an Asherah2 or any [other] tree near the altar of G‑d your Lord."

One who transgresses this prohibition is punished by lashes.3

The details of this mitzvah have been explained in the Talmudic tractate Tamid.4 There it is explained that this planting is prohibited in the entire Temple.5
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@eliyanah-jordan-yarden:
Has anyone ever had a monkey show up on your computer screen and tell you there is some sort of server error on Kahn and Youtube? Norton virus scan didn't find anything...

Youtube was actually down worldwide for two hours the other night. And, since Khan's videos all use Youtube's platform, it was experiencing issues as well. I hope this solves your issue.
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These kids are very busy on costume making. Liven up school a little :)
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The 12th prohibition is that we are forbidden from making stones which are prepared1 to bow down upon — even if this bowing down is to G‑d, exalted be He. The reason for this prohibition is also2 to not resemble that of idolatry, since they would place stones decorated by expert craftsmen3 in front of the idols, and bow down upon them to that idol.

The source of this commandment is G‑d's statement (exalted be He),4 "Do not place a designed5 stone in your land so you can prostrate yourselves on it."

One who transgresses this prohibition is punished by lashes.6

In the words of the Sifra,7 "The phrase, 'Do not place [a designed stone] in your land,' teaches that only 'in [the rest of] your land' you may not bow down upon stones; but you may bow down upon stones in the Holy Temple."

The details of this mitzvah have been explained in the Talmudic tractate Megillah
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The 11th prohibition is that we are forbidden from making a monument1 for people to gather around and honor, even if it was made for serving G‑d. The reason for this prohibition is so that our service of G‑d, exalted be He, should not resemble that of idolatry, since they would build monuments and place idols upon them.

The source of this commandment is G‑d's statement (exalted be He),2 "Do not erect a sacred pillar, since this is something that G‑d your Lord hates."3

One who transgresses this prohibition is punished by lashes.
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