The Stories That Shaped The Ten Commandments, Part #1: Genesis 2:1-3: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

the ten commandments just did not just miraculously appear at the top of mt. sinai. the commandments are testament the master of the universe’s creation and his role in the creation. they represent rules formulated by upon the experiences of mankind. they are the rules intended to transcend a small family into a nation principledContinue reading “The Stories That Shaped The Ten Commandments, Part #1: Genesis 2:1-3: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

Guarding The Sabbath In Troubling Times: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

for committed orthodox jews, following the 613 commandments is insatiable goal, honoring the sabbath and keeping it holy is perhaps in the top ten. in the midst of the urkraine-russian conflict, a series of planes, trains, automobiles and embassies miraculously allowed borodkin family to celebrate a timely shabbat. the chabad sect couple worked in ukraineContinue reading “Guarding The Sabbath In Troubling Times: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

A Righteous Loss Leads To A Moral Victory: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

“This is bigger than basketball, these guys know that and staying disciplined in their faith, that’s the most important thing” Calvin Morton the oscar winning film “chariots of fire” celebrated eric lidell’s refusal to run on the lord’s day in the 1924 olympics. mr. lidell competed in the olympics when a colleague gave him hisContinue reading “A Righteous Loss Leads To A Moral Victory: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

Thou Shalt Not Roll On The Sabbath: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

cult film classic fictional character walter sobchak, in “the big lebowski,” profanely ranted an explanation as to why he did not bowl on the sabbath. sans expletives, he stated that he was “shomer shabbas.” “shomer shabbas” translates to one who guards the sabbath. mr. sobeck’s exchange was as follows: “walter sobchak: i told those f***sContinue reading “Thou Shalt Not Roll On The Sabbath: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

An Experience In Gifting: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

in the mail this week, i received the best gift i will receive all year. it was a “thank you” card. having not seen the newlyweds since their betrothal, i wondered whether they had got the present. i was so relieved to have received the card months after the event. the wedding and celebration wasContinue reading “An Experience In Gifting: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

When The EEOC Went to Mt. Sinai: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

Remember the Sabbath day to sanctify it. exodus 20:8 intelligence does not necessarily translate to a sense of fairness. intelligence does not necessarily translate into a sense of tolerance. unfairness and intolerance was on full display with the progressive faculty caucus at the city university of new york. perhaps to avoid alternative or dissenting ideasContinue reading “When The EEOC Went to Mt. Sinai: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

The Unintended Sabbath Goth-Post-Punk-Pop Song? A Ten Commandments’ Tale

i’ve got a feeling shlomo halevi alkabetz, a sephardic kabbalist, in the 16th century, penned a love poem to the sabbath. the sabbath was a bride. his poem lecha dodi emerged to become liturgy for friday night shabbat services. to this day all over the world, every friday, lecha dodi is sung to welcome theContinue reading “The Unintended Sabbath Goth-Post-Punk-Pop Song? A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

Work Right Now? Opportunities Missed? A Ten Commandments’ Tale

in the us, despite job opportunities, people are refusing to work. “a prevailing theory has been circulating on the mainstream media is that americans are refusing to work because the government is simply paying people too much money.” wanderer. beyond this theory is the fact that there are other significant reasons. some individuals receiving benefitsContinue reading “Work Right Now? Opportunities Missed? A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

When You Are Orthodox, It’s Not Just A Game: A Ten Commandments’ Project

orthodox jews face tremendous challenges dealing with non-observant world. every friday evening and saturday, they are challenged by their sabbath observance. every time they eat, they are challenged to have kosher food. in the end, there are 613 commandments that have possible interactions or interference with the non-observant world. the non-observant world is not onlyContinue reading “When You Are Orthodox, It’s Not Just A Game: A Ten Commandments’ Project”

A Bad Subway Sign: A Ten Commandments’ Story

subway franchisees may be praying to god more than ever. the subway company issued new store closure rules which are controversial. the nypost reported that “subway stores that close more than once a year without permission barring “an act of god” — a strict legal term that tends to include only the most severe ofContinue reading “A Bad Subway Sign: A Ten Commandments’ Story”