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On the Ten Commandments

Articles, essays, commentary and insight on the Ten Commandments.

Why Only Ten Commandments at Sinai?
If there are 613 commandments, why were ten commandments specifically given at Sinai?
Why Two Versions of the Ten Commandments?
Why Is Deuteronomy 5 Different From Exodus 20?
In a strange twist, there are some significant differences between the original text in Exodus and the repeat recorded in Deuteronomy. The rabbis explained why.
The Ten with Commentary
A selection of commentaries on the Ten Commandments -- from the Talmud, Midrash, and the medieval through contemporary sages.
Inside the 10 Commandments
The Ten Commandments lay the foundation for our relationship with G‑d and our fellow man. Here’s how . . .
The Meaning in the Order
Understanding the Ten Commandments
It is amazing to me how ten simple utterances could provide the basis for an entire civilization. And not only did they apply to the people then, but they do just as much for each and every one of us now...
Ten Commendments or Five?
How the First Commandment, "I Am the L-rd your G-d", and the Sixth Commandment, 'Do not kill", are one and the same
Not Multiple Choice
Seeing as in this week’s Parshah Moses reviews the Big Ten, why not go through the list to see how we score?
Getting Personal
G-d spoke to the entire Jewish people on Mount Sinai, yet the Ten Commandments are exressed in the singular -- as if G-d is speaking to a single person
But Does It Speak to You?
The Ten Commandments must be relevant enough to make a difference in our lives; otherwise, whom did G‑d say them to and whatever for?
The Ten Commandments of Marriage
When we look more deeply into the Ten Commandments, we will find not only spiritual advice for enhancing our marriages, but very practical and essential guidelines as well.
New Rules
An illustrated story
The community leaders infomed R. Shmelke that they had a special custom: every new rabbi was expected to add a new rule or custom to the chronicles of the community
Echo! Echo!
The awesome sounds of G‑d resonated throughout the universe... but there was no echo. The greatest sound and light show in history was a strictly one-time production with no residuals or encore.
Get Down!
G‑d started off perfect and hasn't changed since; we're the ones who need to shape up. We're the people who should be setting off on the great journey that starts on earth and ends at Sinai. Why should we expect G‑d to come down to us?
Creator or Liberator?
Understanding Shavuot
When introducing Himself to the Jewish people in the great event at Sinai, why did G‑d choose to understate His own achievements?
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