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"You shall have no other gods..." A collection of stories, insights and readings relating to the Second Commandment.

The Second Commandment

The Second Commandment

You shall have no other gods...

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"You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, nor any manner of likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them, nor serve them. For I the Lord your G-d am a jealous G-d, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children of the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; and showing mercy unto the thousandth generation of them that love Me and keep My commandments."

The Jealous Lover
Commandments Two and Seven: Ultimately, you will be no more and no less faithful to your spouse than you are to your G-d -- and vice versa
The Evolution of Pleasure
What attraction could the idol Peor, and the particularly repulsive rituals associated with it, possibly hold for the Israelites who succumbed to its influence?
Unidolatry
When we would be at odds with G-d and He with us, the two angels would turn away from one another. But when the two of us would be in harmony, the temple priests would open the curtains and show us the two figurines entwined in embrace...
A Little Arrogance
"Can't live with it; can't live without it." According to our sages, this is precisely the case with arrogance...
Monotheism in Rostov
The three emissaries from the court of death entered the room, dressed in their uniforms of red and black, rifles in hand, their belts filled with bullets and hung with a pair of revolvers and another pair of Cossack knives, with helmets of brass and their faces aflame
What's So Terrible About Idolatry?
I don't mean massive temples with human sacrifices. What about a civilized idolater, in the privacy of his own home? What's so terrible?
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