The Ten Commandments

When the Israelites accepted the Ten Commandments from God at Mount Sinai, they committed themselves to following a moral code of behavior.

The Ten Commandments
1. I am the Lord your God who brought you out of slavery in Egypt.
2. You shall have no other gods but me.
3. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
4. You shall remember and keep the Sabbath day holy.
5. Honor your father and mother.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
10. You shall not covet.

The rabbis teach that the first five sayings, on the left side of the tablet, concern man’s relationship with God (belief in God, prohibition of improper worship, prohibition of oath, shabbat, respect for parents). The second five sayings, on the right side of the tablet, concern man’s relationship with other people (prohibitions of murder, adultery, theft, false witness, coveting). Judaism teaches that our relationship to our parents is akin to our relationship to God because our parents created us. Disrespect of parents is considered an insult to God. Thus, respect for parents is included on the right side of the tablets with the other sayings that concern our relationship with God.

Judaism also teaches that the two tablets are parallel. In other words, our duties to God and our duties to people are equally important. If, however, one must choose between performing a duty to God or performing a duty to a person, one should first perform good deeds for another a person.

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2 Responses

  1. Which of the 10 commandments have been done away with?

    • As your question doesn’t fit the content of this message, I imagine you may have another reason for commenting, but I will answer, because it is a great question by itself. I was researching human values. Isn’t it a fine human reality that all the major religious precepts added together provide an arrow pointing straight to the good heart of human values and away from the toxic assets we carry around with us if we aren’t careful? I then added them all up and wrote a subsequent post. https://factfictionfancy.wordpress.com/2010/12/22/simple-math/

      And my point is. We forgot, while growing the corposystem, to incorporate our good hearts into its functions.

      It’s not too late.

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