Tag: Ten Commandments

Prophets, rabbis, and philosophers changed the Decalogue

                                                                         Prophets, rabbis, and philosophers changed the Decalogue   I have been mentioning that Judaism has changed many biblical commands. In my book “Mysteries of Judaism, I showed that the rabbis modified every one of the biblical holidays, without exception. One would think that the rabbis would not alter the Decalogue, the fundamental biblical […]

Does Joshua 24 deny the revelation of the Decalogue at Sinai?

                                                                         Chapter 24                         Does Joshua 24 deny the revelation of the Decalogue at Sinai?   The chapter contains an account of a covenant that Joshua made with the Israelites in the city of Shechem[1] toward the end of his life. He persuaded them to agree to never abandon God by worshipping idols. He […]

Yitro – Revelation and The Ten Commandments

                                                                                 Yitro                                                                   (Chapters 18:1–20:23)                                     Revelation and the Ten Commandments (Chapter 20:1–14)[1]   The events preceding the revelation are told in chapter 19. Moses ascends Mount Sinai (Exodus 19:3) and communicates with God on the third day of the third month. He descends on the same day (Exodus 19:7) and communicates […]

Va’etchanan – Unusual Interpretations 45

                                                                  By Israel Drazin    We will use the portion of Va’etchanan (3:23-7:11) to explore the nuances, deeper significances, and lessons missed in translations from Hebrew to English, and we will examine some verses that say something rabbis rejected.   Unusual word             This portion begins with the idiomatic va’etchanan, which is in the Hebrew […]

Unusual Biblical Interpretations 13

                                                                                  By Israel Drazin   Obscurities People think of the Bible as a book of instruction, telling people how to act; yet it is frequently obscure. One example among hundreds is Exodus 18:7 that relates that when Moses’ father-in-law Yitro came to visit him in the desert, he bowed and kissed him, and […]

Do religious laws benefit God?

By Israel Drazin   It is certainly true that most Jews today, including most rabbis, see a distinction between ritual and social laws. The first focuses on God and the second on people. In the Ten Commandments, for example, the laws forbidding idols and those requiring rest on the Sabbath are seen by most Jews […]

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