Torah E-Thought : Take Ten

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There is a tradition that when the Jewish people received the Torah, not only was the entire Jewish nation there, but in fact the Midrash teaches that even the souls of all Jewish people who would live in future generations were also present at Sinai.

The most common phrase in the Torah, “G-d spoke to Moses… to say,” is an instruction that Moses should pass on whatever he heard to the Jewish people, yet we find this phrase used before the Ten Commandments too. If all the Jewish people were there, including all future generations, who was Moses supposed to be passing on the teachings to?

Chassidic philosophy offers an explanation. The word “to say,” used here alludes to the ten “statements,” with which G-d created the world. In the account of creation, we read ten different statements through which the creation took place. E.g., “And G-d said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light”. Accordingly, the verse “spoke… to say” that precedes the Ten Commandments is connecting the Ten Commandments and the Ten Statements. It is to be understood as an instruction that we must draw the Torah contained in the Ten Commandments – into the world that G-d created with ten statements.

Practically speaking, this explanation from the Maggid teaches us that we must not compartmentalise our lives, separating the Torah aspects of our lives from the mundane aspects of our lives. Our interactions with the “Ten Statements,” our dealings with the material world, whether business or pleasure, must be filled with a Torah attitude and framed by a Torah lifestyle. Our mundane activities must be guided not by the outlook and attitude of the secular world, but by an outlook that reflects our attachment to the Ten Commandments, the eternal Torah.

 
 
 
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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Yitro

Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, hears of the great miracles which G‑d performed for the people of Israel, and comes from Midian to the Israelite camp, bringing with him Moses’ wife and two sons. Jethro advises Moses to appoint a hierarchy of magistrates and judges to assist him in the task of governing and administering justice to the people.

The children of Israel camp opposite Mount Sinai, where they are told that G‑d has chosen them to be His “kingdom of priests” and “holy nation.” The people respond by proclaiming, “All that G‑d has spoken, we shall do.”

On the sixth day of the third month (Sivan), seven weeks after the Exodus, the entire nation of Israel assembles at the foot of Mount Sinai for the Giving of the Torah . G‑d descends on the mountain amidst thunder, lightning, billows of smoke and the blast of the shofar, and summons Moses to ascend.

G‑d proclaims the Ten Commandments, commanding the people of Israel to believe in G‑d, not to worship idols or take G‑d’s name in vain, to keep the Shabbat, honor their parents, not to murder, not to commit adultery, not to steal, and not to bear false witness or covet another’s property. The people cry out to Moses that the revelation is too intense for them to bear, begging him to receive the Torah from G‑d and convey it to them.

 

 
 









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