Then in a great voice they all cried out as one: "We need tarry no longer, for the enemy is already upon us. Let us hasten and offer ourselves as a sacrifice before God. Anyone posessing a knife should examine it to see that it is not defective, and let him proceed to slaughter us in sanctification of the Unique and Eternal One, then slaying himself - either cutting his throat or thrusting the knife into his stomach."
The women girded their loins with strength and slew their own sons and daughters, and then themselves. Many men also mustered their strength and slaughtered their wives and children and infants. The most gentle of women slaughtered the child of her delight. They all arose, man and woman alike, and slew one another..."
"The chronicle of Solomon bar Simson" - Shlomo Eidelberg, the Jews and the Crusaders
A Jew is commanded to take his life rather than commit idolatry, incest, or murder. For some reason, I have been thinking about this commandment to kill oneself and one's family rather to submit to idolatry. Would I have the strength to do this? Would many of the people whom I know? How about the readers of this blog, the ones that have accepted the yoke of the Kingdom of Heaven? Is this really what G-d wants us to do?
I know that there have been lenient rulings with respect to categorizing Muslims as idolators, and doubt regarding Christianity, but what about in clear cut cases? Will your hand not waver?