This page was last edited on 27 February , at (UTC). Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms. The ‘Aseret haDibrot (“Ten Commandments”, as they are [inaccurately] called [ see below]), have always been a source of tension and conflict in Judaism. On the. Learn about the Jewish understanding of the Ten Commandments, known in Judaism as Aseret ha-Dibrot. Provides a Jewish perspective on the controversy.

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But what about the so-called “Ten Commandments,” the words recorded in Exodus 20, the words that the Creator Himself wrote on the two stone tablets that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai Ex. The covenant at Sinai, in keeping with the profound egalitarianism at the heart of Torah, was made not as other covenants were in the ancient world, between kings.

Aseret haDibrot – Wikipedia

A striking feature of the Ten Commandments is the lack of judicial penalties associated with their violation. So even though the Ten Commandments at first seem like modern laws, they are in fact completely different. They’re pretty important for us. Other religions divide this passage differently.

But there’s another style of law, which the scholars call apodictic self-evident. That is because in Judaism, law is not intended for judges alone. An Overlooked Source,” Vetus Testamentum For example, the mitzvah not to work on Shabbat rather obviously falls within the category of remembering the Sabbath day and keeping it ahdibrot. If only following them were equally simple! The mitzvah to fast on Yom Kippur fits into that category somewhat less obviously: This is the heart of the controversy.

The mitzvah not to stand aside hadirot a person’s life is in danger fits somewhat obviously into the category against murder. However, if one must choose between fulfilling an obligation to G-d and fulfilling an obligation to a person, or if one must prioritize them, Judaism teaches that the obligation to a person should be fulfilled first. In light of Leviticus 5, which details the punishment for theft, the Ten Commandments might seem superfluous. Rav Uri Cohen Print this Shiur. The question then is what makes these ten stand out.


I can’t correct my mistakes or add new material if it’s on your site. Please remember that these are categories of the mitzvotwhich according to Hqdibrot tradition are binding only upon Jews. Judaism, unlike Catholicism and Protestantism, considers “I am the L-rd, your G-d” to be the first “commandment. The answer is that Leviticus 5 is a legal system, while the Ten Commandments are a moral framework.

Joel Hoffman explains by connecting their unconditional style with the point we discussed above, their omission of punishments:. To sum up, the Aseret HaDibrot stand out and make everyone pay attention. Anyone hadihrot does not observe these commandments excludes himself from the community of the faithful.

All of these mitzvot are treated as equally important, because human beings, with our limited understanding of the universe, have no way of knowing which mitzvot are more important in the eyes of the Creator. By posting these words prominently and referring to them as ” The Ten Commandments,” as if there weren’t any others, which is what many people think schools and public buildings may be teaching a message that Judaism specifically and consciously rejected.

They are the foundation stones of Western Civilization. The Torah’s laws are similar in some ways to Ancient Near Eastern law codes, and different in other ways. Nevertheless, we have a tradition that there are commandments, not just ten.

What makes them special is that they are simple and easy to memorise. When a government agency chooses one version over another, it implicitly chooses one religion over another, something that the First Amendment prohibits. Whose “Ten Commandments” should we post?


Click Here for more details. Rob Schmitz, “The Ten Commandments: So whose list should we post?

I’d like to present three of them here. These may seem like trivial differences to some, but they are serious issues to those of us who take these words seriously. The Sinai covenant was made by God with the entire people.

Ten Commandments

There are commandments, not 10 The “Ten Commandments” are categories The 10 are divided into duties to G-d and duties to people Different religions divide the 10 in different ways.

Additional shiurim from this category can be found in: In the Torahthese words are never referred to as the Ten Commandments. Hoffman, And God Said: Sinai to the Israelites, and they are changing hasibrot now.

No two religions agree on a single list. Disrespect to our biological creators is not merely an affront to them; it is also an insult to the Creator of the Universe.

In other words, why did God present this short list in such a dramatic way at Har Sinai, calling so much attention to it that the world would never forget? Back Site Map Next. Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, Biblical Literacy: Lawyers and lawmakers aren’t hdaibrot for being brief and succinct, to say the least. But one critical question seems to have escaped most of the public dialog on the subject: Religious or Historical Symbol?

According to Jewish tradition, G-d gave the Jewish people mitzvot commandments.