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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In contrast, Commandments 6, 7, and 8 have only two words each! What are the implications for the Aseret HaDibrot? The mitzvah to fast on Yom Kippur fits into that category somewhat less obviously: Additional shiurim from this category can be found in: Many of the laws in hadibro Torah are as well.

Aseret haDibrot

An Overlooked Source,” Vetus Testamentum However, if one must choose between fulfilling an obligation to G-d and aeret an obligation to a person, or if one must prioritize them, Judaism teaches that the obligation to a person should be fulfilled first. The mitzvah not to stand aside while a person’s life is in danger fits somewhat obviously into the category against murder.

There are commandments, not 10 The “Ten Commandments” are categories The 10 are divided into duties to G-d and duties to people Different religions divide the 10 in different ways.

Disrespect hadibrott our biological creators is not merely an affront to them; it is also an insult to the Creator of the Universe.

Aseret haDibrot – Wikipedia

All of these mitzvot are treated as equally important, 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. Pirkei Avot, a book of the Mishnahteaches “Be as meticulous in performing a ‘minor’ mitzvah as you are with a ‘major’ one, because you don’t know what kind of reward you’ll get for various mitzvot. These words changed the world when they were first presented at Mt. The rabbis teach that our parents are our creators and stand in a relationship to us akin to our relationship to the Divine.


They are the foundation stones of Western Civilization. During the s, hundreds of granite monuments of the Aseret HaDibrot were installed across America in parks, city halls, and courthouses. The asereh is that Leviticus 5 is a legal system, while the Ten Commandments are a moral hadibtot. In light of Leviticus 5, which details the punishment for theft, the Ten Commandments might seem superfluous.

And once we decide on a list, what translation should we post? The Sinai covenant was made by God with the entire people. But what about the so-called “Ten Commandments,” the words aserret in Exodus 20, the words that the Creator Himself wrote on the two stone tablets that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai Ex.

Judaism, unlike Catholicism and Protestantism, considers “I am the L-rd, your G-d” to be the first “commandment. In rabbinical texts, they are referred to as Aseret ha-Dibrot. You may have noticed, however, that the fifth category, which is included in the first tablet, assret the category to honor father and mother, which would seem to concern relationships between people.

I can’t correct my mistakes or add new material if it’s on your site. For example, the mitzvah not to work on Shabbat rather obviously falls within the category of remembering aserrt Sabbath day and keeping it holy.

What Makes the Aseret HaDibrot Stand Out?, Rav Uri Cohen – Midreshet Harova

A striking feature of the Ten Commandments is the lack of judicial penalties associated with their violation. In other words, why did God hqdibrot this short list in such a dramatic way at Har Sinai, calling so much attention to it that the world would never forget?


Please remember that these are categories of the mitzvotyadibrot according to Jewish tradition are binding only upon Jews. Why say “Don’t steal” when another part of the Bible already has a punishment for stealing?

But one critical question seems to have escaped most of the public dialog on the subject: The severity of the offense has nothing to do with getting caught or punished.

Back Site Map Next. This simplicity is presumably what prompted Ronald Reagan to make the statement cited above.

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 that we all share, and should not be controversial. See The “Ten Commandments” Controversy below. In other words, by leaving out judicial punishments from the Aseret HaDibrot, God was presenting them as a proclamation comparable to the Declaration of Independence.

The following chart is from Dr. All of those mitzvot are gadibrot sacred, equally binding and equally the word of G-d.

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To sum up, the Aseret HaDibrot stand out and make everyone pay attention. The “Ten Aserwt Level: So whose list should we post? See Rabbi Michael Susman’s discussion entitled “Yitro