Being in The Dark During Life Changing Events, The Portion Beshalach: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

for many, life changing events happen and they involve a wait. in the torah portion beshalach, the children of israel, having left egypt, are camped out by the red sea. the egyptian military sent to capture them have set up camp nearby as well. in that moment, a whole night would pass before the famousContinue reading “Being in The Dark During Life Changing Events, The Portion Beshalach: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

The Problem Was Solved Thousands of Years Ago, The Portion “Bo, ” Exodus 12:49: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

There shall be one law for the native and for the stranger who resides in your midst. exodus 12:49 the torah portion ‘bo,” which tells of the happenings right before the children of israel depart from egypt in their exodus is rich with material. the line: “there shall be one law for the native andContinue reading “The Problem Was Solved Thousands of Years Ago, The Portion “Bo, ” Exodus 12:49: 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”

Did A Science Fiction Story [Sort Of] Capture a Non-Fiction Moment? A Ten Commandments’ Tale

after reading professor yonatan adler’s book, the origins of judaism‘s conclusion concerning when wide-spread torah based judaism began, i was reminded of the star trek original series episode the omega glory. in discussing this topic, dr. alder identifies the period of the jewish-greek rebellion as the point at which wide-spread judaism observance occurred. the rebellion’sContinue reading “Did A Science Fiction Story [Sort Of] Capture a Non-Fiction Moment? A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

Why The Story of Chanukah Is Not Bible-Worthy: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

the chanukah tale, as told in the books of the macabees, is not part of the hebrew bible. did the ten commandments play a role in such decision? one of the bible’s themes is that the children of israel place themselves in danger when they abandon religious practices. the chanukah story includes a disturbing momentContinue reading “Why The Story of Chanukah Is Not Bible-Worthy: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

The Intentional & Unintentional Manufacturing of Conflict: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

our actions and others create conflict. much conflict is of one’s own, conscious or unconscious. the vayeishev torah portion for this week shows how prior event and actions create major conflict. vayeishev famously contains the tale of the “coat of many colors” and, for this post, joseph being subduing by his brothers and being takenContinue reading “The Intentional & Unintentional Manufacturing of Conflict: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

Does The Book Of Genesis Explain Why There Are Two Versions Of The Ten Commandments? A Ten Commandments’ Tale

both exodus and deuteronomy contain versions of the ten commandments. there are differences between the two. one notable difference is in the sabbath commandment. the sabbath commandments offer different reasons for the sabbath. the one in exodus explains that shabbat is to commemorate the creation of the world and god’s resting on the seventh day.Continue reading “Does The Book Of Genesis Explain Why There Are Two Versions Of The Ten Commandments? A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

Honoring A Loss: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

long before the ten commandments, two brothers, filled with jealousy and conflict, created a legacy. for them, beyond their issues with each other, family relations and historical destiny separated them. in a time of loss, these two placed their personal grievances aside. for a moment, the space time continuum was filled with honor and peace.Continue reading “Honoring A Loss: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

Unpeeling The Onion: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

this blog is promotional. posts point to materials and concepts with the intent that the reader may be inspired to learn more. the bible and bible-based religion is essentially a massive onion. there are many layers. in one’s lifetime, it is likely that all of the layers may not be pulled back. learning and reachingContinue reading “Unpeeling The Onion: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

Are Beginnings & Endings The Same? A Simchat Torah Tale

are beginnings and endings are really the same? can emotions provide the answer? the simchat torah holiday celebrates the ending and the beginning of the annual reading the torah. the physical torah scroll, not its words, perhaps answers some of our inquiry. the scroll or parchment made of animal skin is connected to two woodenContinue reading “Are Beginnings & Endings The Same? A Simchat Torah Tale”