Broken Tablets: Restoring the Ten Commandments and Ourselves

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Rachel S. Mikva
Jewish Lights Pub., 1999 - Religion - 148 pages
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Let the Ten Commandments command your imagination and enrich your life.

When the Holy One gave the Torah, no bird chirped, no fowl flew, no ox lowed, not one angel stirred its wing or sang its song. The sea did not roar, creatures did not speak the whole world was hushed into breathless silence; it was then that the voice went forth: "I am the Lord your God " Exodus Rabba 29:9

Even people who claim not to be religious will generally maintain that they do observe the Ten Commandments. Why is it that these ten statements, thousands of years old, continue to have such a special hold on us?

Here, twelve outstanding spiritual leaders from across the spectrum of Jewish thought bring us to the life and soul of the Ten Commandments' unusual power. In voices that are personal and diverse, they help us take a closer look at the ten utterances that not only touch every aspect of our lives, but also present each of us with a profound challenge.

Contributors include:

Eugene B. Borowitz Leonard Fein Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer Laura Geller Lawrence A. Hoffman Menachem Kellner Peter S. Knobel Richard N. Levy Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi Levi Weiman-Kelman"

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A short collection of reflections on each of the ten commandments taken in turn, exploring their nuances, exceptions, and difficulties. The readings were okay, but the most enjoyable part was the last ... Read full review

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Have no other god before
You shall not lift up the name of Adonai your God

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Rachel S. Mikva is committed to sharing with others the rewards of spiritual study and the power of a relationship with God. She is rabbi of Community Synagogue in Rye, New York, and was ordained at Hebrew Union College┐Jewish Institute of Religion. While she serves on the Reform movement┐s Commission for Religious Living as well as on the Responsa Committee and on numerous other community and national not-for-profit boards, she dedicates most of her time to teaching, which she considers her most important work.

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