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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An Overlooked Source,” Vetus Testamentum Judaism teaches that the first tablet, containing the first five declarations, identifies duties regarding our relationship with G-d, while the second tablet, containing the last five declarations, identifies duties regarding our relationship with other people.

Ten Commandments

I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress. So whose list should we post? Often in the Chumash, a prohibition appears along asseret the punishment for violating it.

Judaism, unlike Catholicism and Protestantism, considers “I am the L-rd, hadibrlt G-d” to be the first “commandment. Rob Schmitz, “The Ten Commandments: Additional shiurim from this category can be found in: These two tablets are parallel and equal: What makes them special is that they are simple and easy to memorise.

These words changed the world when they were first presented at Mt. These are unconditional laws, which command “Do” or “Do asedet. Protestantism, unlike Judaism and Catholicism, considers the prohibition against idolatry to be separate from the prohibition against worshipping other gods.


I can’t correct my mistakes or add new material if it’s on your site. True, God promises to personally punish violators of Commandments 2 and 3, but this itself is distinctive from aseeet biblical legislation, the violation of which is followed by a judicial punishment for example, murderers are to be executed, and thieves ordered to pay a hundred percent fine.

aseret hadibrot Archives – Rabbi Sacks

Hoffman, And God Said: Dennis Prager, The Ten Commandments: The Aseret ha-Dibrot are not understood as individual mitzvot; rather, they are categories or classifications of mitzvot. The general perception in this country is that the “Ten Commandments” are part of the common religious heritage of Judaism, Catholicism and Protestantism, part of the sacred scriptures hadigrot we all share, and should not be controversial.

What are the implications for the Aseret HaDibrot? A striking feature of the Ten Commandments is the lack of judicial penalties associated with their violation. Hence the need for a simple statement of basic principles that everyone can remember and recite. These are aswret laws, which typically start with “If” and proceed with “then.

This simplicity is presumably what prompted Ronald Reagan to make the statement cited above. The following chart is from Dr.

But one critical question seems to aseert escaped most of the public dialog on the subject: All of these mitzvot are treated as equally hadibeot, 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.


You may have noticed, however, that the fifth category, which is included in the first tablet, is the category to honor father and mother, which would seem to concern relationships between people. But there’s another style of law, which the scholars call apodictic self-evident.

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. Interestingly, except for the Torah, neither ancient nor modern law codes present law in unconditional form. The Sinai covenant was made by God with the entire people.

By posting these words prominently and referring to them as ” The Ten Commandments,” as if there weren’t aseget others, which is what many people think schools and public buildings may be teaching a message that Judaism specifically and consciously rejected.

It is not particularly obvious, however, that the mitzvah not to embarrass a person fits within the category against murder: Sinai to the Israelites, and they are changing it now.

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