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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The mitzvah not to stand aside while a person’s life is in danger fits somewhat obviously into the category against murder.

Every law in the Code of Hammurabi is conditional. Judaism, unlike Catholicism and Protestantism, considers “I am the L-rd, your G-d” to be the first “commandment. These are unconditional laws, which command “Do” or “Do not. If only following them were equally simple!

Interestingly, except for the Torah, neither ancient nor modern law codes present law in unconditional form. Anyone who does not observe these commandments excludes himself from the community of the faithful.

In rabbinical texts, they are referred to as Aseret ha-Dibrot. That is because in Judaism, aserrt is not intended for judges alone. They are simple and easy to memorize, declarative, and unconditional. In the United States, a controversy has persisted for many years regarding the placement of the “Ten Commandments” in hadibfot schools and public buildings.

The Talmud gives another example, disapproving of a man who, engrossed in prayer, would ignore the cries of a drowning man.

Aseret HaDibrot (the 10 Commandments)

Other religions divide this passage differently. Often in the Chumash, a prohibition appears along with the punishment for violating it. Additional shiurim from this category can be found in: True, God promises to personally punish violators of Commandments 2 and 3, but this itself is distinctive from most 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.


Whose “Ten Commandments” should we post? It is not particularly obvious, however, that the mitzvah not to embarrass a person fits within the category against murder: Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, Biblical Literacy: Hoffman, And God Said: Sinai to the Israelites, and they are changing it now.

Dennis Prager, The Ten Commandments: The point is that stealing is wrong. Disrespect to our biological creators is not merely an affront to them; it is also an insult to the Creator of the Universe.

But there is an additional aspect of this haeibrot that is of concern from a Jewish perspective. No two religions agree on a single list. 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. DeMille, hadibtot director of the epic film “The Ten Commandments,” was one of the people involved in this effort.

What are the implications for the Aseret HaDibrot? When a government agency chooses one version over another, it implicitly chooses one religion over another, something that the First Amendment prohibits.

Accordingly, honor of father and mother is included on the tablet of duties to G-d. They’re pretty important for us. I can’t correct my mistakes or add new material if it’s on your site. Nevertheless, we have a tradition that there are commandments, not just ten. So even though the Ten Asereet at first seem like modern laws, they are in fact completely different. But there’s another style of law, which the scholars call apodictic self-evident. They are the foundation stones of Western Civilization.


Nowhere else in all of Tanakh is there a pasuk verse with only two words. When forced to choose between our duties to a person and our duties to Qseret, we must pursue our duties to the person, saeret the person needs our help, but G-d does not need our help.

A striking feature of the Ten Commandments is the lack of judicial penalties associated with their violation.

Aseret HaDibrot || עֲשֶׂרֶת הַדִּבְּרוֹת || Ten Commandments – Jewish

Joel Badibrot explains by connecting their unconditional style with the point we discussed above, their omission of punishments:. 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. Click Here for more details. By posting these words prominently and referring to them as ” The Ten Commandments,” as if there weren’t any others, which is what many people think schools and public buildings may be teaching a message that Judaism specifically and consciously rejected.

The covenant at Sinai, in keeping with the profound egalitarianism at the heart of Torah, was made not as other covenants were in the ancient world, between kings.