the prohibition of descecrating Temple objects states
And you shall bear no sin because of it, when you have set aside the best of it;
you shall not descecrate the holy things of the people of Israel, and you shall not die.
Rashi comments: This should be interpreted causatively: If you descecrate the
holy things then you deserve to, and will, die.
To properly understand this we review certain rules of logic. The export-import
law allows the conjunction and to exchange for an implication. For example, If it rains today
and I don't have an umbrella, then I will get wet has the same logical meaning as
If it rains today then if
I don't have an umbrella, then I will get wet
In the Bible a statement of the form do not descecrate and you will not
die has the same logical meaning as do not descecrate; if you
descecrate then you will die.
Since this interpretation primarily involves the formal manipulation of logical
connectives we classify it as a non verse rule similar to the spreadsheet
and diagram methods.
There are many examples of this rule in the Torah and we will have opportunity
to visit it during this yearly cycle.