From Moses to Moses to Moses? A Ten Commandments’ Tale

And there was no other prophet who arose in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, deuteronomy 34:10 while there has been no one like moses, over a thousand years passed and there emerged the great intellect of moses ben maimon. the saying “from moses to moses” was pronounced. maimonides’ contribution toContinue reading “From Moses to Moses to Moses? A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

Foundation to Transformation: Awakening Yourself: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

in a lecture on the book of exodus, professor richard elliott friedman notes how moses transformed from a man with communication problems to an individual, who in the book of deuteronomy, was able to become an eloquent speaker. how? transformation often comes with foundation. moses, at the time of his burning bush encounter with theContinue reading “Foundation to Transformation: Awakening Yourself: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

Unintended Success? Shemot 4:14-16: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. Thomas Jefferson the torah’s multiple themes include both family relations and nation building. brotherhood also weighs heavy as a theme. brotherhood’s disastrous inception via cain and abel created a psychic wound on the master of the universe’s creation. despite amazing adviceContinue reading “Unintended Success? Shemot 4:14-16: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

The Moses Accords? A Ten Commandments’ Tale

from all appearances, the abraham accords have been a success. arab nations and israel have been able to work, cooperate and build a flourishing middle east. sharing abraham’s values which include monotheism and hospitality leads to truth. while islam and judaism are different religions, two tid-bits are revealing. muslim’s practicing halal, not able to getContinue reading “The Moses Accords? A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

Who Needs Doublets When There Are Triplicates: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

the torah studied as literature risks the danger of missing the big picture. noah’s story is proof. a prestigious college’s lecture on noah, which i took in, focused on the argument that torah contains two flood stories. this ties in with the greater theory of that there are multiple authors of the torah. while thereContinue reading “Who Needs Doublets When There Are Triplicates: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

Segundo Thoughts: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

“There are stars whose radiance is visible on Earth though they have long been extinct. There are people whose brilliance continues to light the world even though they are no longer among the living. These lights are particularly bright when the night is dark. They light the way for humankind.” hannah senesh for most, theContinue reading “Segundo Thoughts: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

The Capacity to Grow To Greatness: A Ten Commandments’ and Shavuot Tale

shavuot, the holiday celebrating the children of israel’s receipt of the torah,  would likely be celebrated differently today if not for moses’ great act of leadership.  greatness often requires growth as an individual.  a person on the first day of their job is much different than the person ten years later.  an individual’s willingness andContinue reading “The Capacity to Grow To Greatness: A Ten Commandments’ and Shavuot Tale”

Moses The Seeker? A Ten Commandments’ Tale

the torah is taught to children through story books. these stories often are not the word for word depictions of the torah. rather, they are an interpretation. they are edited with respect to adult topics, i.e. lot’s offering of his daughter to the city’s residents in lieu of the strangers, and include non-textual sources. storiesContinue reading “Moses The Seeker? A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

Oh, the Places You’ll Go: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

oh, the places you’ll go dr. seuss dr. seuss may have had individuals such as ms. pinina tamano-shata in mind when he penned these famous words. when ms. pinina tamano-shata historically took the position as israel’s minister of aliyah and integration as the first of ethiopian descent, her main focus was in part to completeContinue reading “Oh, the Places You’ll Go: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

The Littlest Exodus? A Ten Commandments’ Tale

“You are never given an obstacle you cannot overcome.” reb nachman ukraine was home to reb nachman. he was the founder of the breslov chasidic movement. the reb’s words about obstacles were relevant to mr. ben-harush’s daunting task. for two babies born in the middle of the ukranian -russian conflict, perhaps the reb’s words willContinue reading “The Littlest Exodus? A Ten Commandments’ Tale”