Alex, I’ll Take Ten Commandments for $500, The Answer is “Rainbows, Circumcisions, & The Sabbath” A Ten Commandments’ Tale

the answer is “what are signs of a covenant.” in the torah, with the story of noah and the flood, the master of the universe evoked the “rainbow” as a sign of the covenant between the master of the universe and the creator of the universe. genesis 9:13-16″ my rainbow I have placed in theContinue reading “Alex, I’ll Take Ten Commandments for $500, The Answer is “Rainbows, Circumcisions, & The Sabbath” A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

The Most Important Commandment For Children: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

in the grand scheme, one commandments stands out for children. honoring one’s parents is, for good reason, the top commandment. for the “why,” one must look to another important passage in the torah. being a parent includes the responsibility to teach their children. over the course of history, parents have delegated this reponsibility to religiousContinue reading “The Most Important Commandment For Children: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

How To Introduce A Child To The Ten Commandments: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

as a hebrew school teacher, i often smelled fear in parents dropping off their children for sunday school. were they having flashbacks to their education? is there such thing as p.t.h.s.d., post-traumatic hebrew school disorder? as such, this post is intended to provide parents courage and insight when they introduce the ten commandments to theirContinue reading “How To Introduce A Child To The Ten Commandments: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

A Mysterious Coincidence? The New Mexico Ten Commandments & Crypto-Judaism: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

there are mysteries and there are mysteries. the new mexican stone carved version of ten commandments is a matter for the sleuths. the stone is also known as the los lunas inscription. with no individual or group having made claim to its creation, there is the great unknown. who wrote this version of the decalogueContinue reading “A Mysterious Coincidence? The New Mexico Ten Commandments & Crypto-Judaism: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

Did Chanukah Rededicate the Ten Commandments? A Ten Commandment’s Tale

author yonaton adler just published his book the origins of judaism: an archeological-historical reappraisal. the book used archeology and ancient texts to search as to the beginning of when torah based judaism was practiced. academia.edu in an interview, he made an interesting observation. mr. adler commented upon the hasmonean dynasty. this dynasty which is theContinue reading “Did Chanukah Rededicate the Ten Commandments? A Ten Commandment’s Tale”

A Teacher’s Gift: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

as a religious educator, i was always in search of the “new,” “interesting,” “humorous,” and “thought provoking” as far as material; student engagement and participation is often the sign of success. as a student, i enjoyed moments when the teacher solicited everyone’s opinion on a particular topic or story. religious teachers received a story whichContinue reading “A Teacher’s Gift: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

The Third 10 Commandments? A Skeptical Impression: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

we often deceive ourselves. we see things. we see things that we should appreciate as problems. we see other things which cause us to ignore the reality. this deception can occur in dating. while searching for the perfect match, certain flaws are ignored or put aside. likewise, this occurs with people buying items not fromContinue reading “The Third 10 Commandments? A Skeptical Impression: 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”

A Commandment With Due Dilligence? A Ten Commandments’ Tale

scholars, such as professor richard elliott friedman, point to the toldot torah portion with respect to the commandment prohibiting the use of god’s name in vain. in toldot, isaac, deceived, erroneously blesses jacob. the blessing was intended for esau, isaac’s first born child. professor friedman essentially points out that, in biblical times, when you usedContinue reading “A Commandment With Due Dilligence? 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”