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Divine Double Talk

The Ten Commandments Are Only for Moses?

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Divine Double Talk: The Ten Commandments Are Only for Moses?

Our Sages explain that the Ten Commandments were stated in the second person singular, rather than the plural, in order to provide Moses with an argument in defense of the Jewish People after they had worshipped the Golden Calf: Moses would be able to, and in fact did, argue that the commandment forbidding idolatry was addressed to him alone and not the people! This class will address this apparently bizarre defense and will shed light on the deeper nature of idolatry and its antidote.
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Idolatry; Paganism, Unity; Oneness, Moses, Ki Tisa, Yitro, Golden Calf, Ten Commandments

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Rochel Singer January 16, 2022

I am puzzled by a single question that is broached in Rabbi New's shiur; G-d's desire for the Jewish people arose in His thought and this Desire was the impetus for all Creation (even before Creation.)

Why would G-d desire anything? To 'desire' something means something is lacking and needs fulfillment and this seems a contradiction to the average (non-Kabbalistic) person's definition of G-d. While perhaps not a crucial point for all, it seems a crucial point underlying everything that follows!
Someone please explain, thank you. Reply

Yael Roth FL. February 10, 2016

So profound, but yet easily understood. Rabbi you brought this information down to Malchut, it remained germane, to connect to the soul, but mundane to connect with the physical. Reply

This class analyzes an aspect of the weekly Torah portion or upcoming holiday. While providing a basic understanding of the subject matter, the lesson delves into its deeper and more complex dimensions with emphasis on the spiritual relevance to our daily lives. Inspiration for both the novice and advanced student.
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