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Broken Tablets : Restoring the Ten Commandments and Ourselves - Rachel Mikva

Broken Tablets

Restoring the Ten Commandments and Ourselves

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Let the Ten Commandments command your imagination. . .

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?

Broken Tablets helps us to understand the Ten Commandments and to see them as the very personal words that they are. 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.

Inviting, accessible, and full of insights that may surprise you, Broken Tablets restores the Ten Commandments to wholeness. In the process, it restores us to a better understanding of what we do and don't do--and what this means to our spiritual lives.

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

"What really happened at that mountain in the wilderness? ... Consider the implications, for instance, if Moses simply concocted the whole thing or if those words on the tablets are literally God's words. Are these two options mutually exclusive?" --Lawrence Kushner



"By too easily claiming and naming God, by encouraging others to do the same, did I take the name of the Lord in vain?" --Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer

"Real idolatry today is the worship of money, technology, addictions, absolute political systems--even of 'Judaism' and of the personal ego." --Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi (z"l)

"According to the Talmud, the first question that we will be asked in the World to Come is 'Were you honest in your world?' The question challenges us on many different levels. Were you honest in your dealings with other people, in your public life, in your private life, with your family, with your friends? And it also pushes us to ask an even harder question: Were you honest with yourself?" --Laura Geller "What really happened at that mountain in the wilderness? ... Consider the implications, for instance, if Moses simply concocted the whole thing or if those words on the tablets are literally God's words. Are these two options mutually exclusive?" Lawrence Kushner

"By too easily claiming and naming God, by encouraging others to do the same, did I take the name of the Lord in vain?" Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer

Real idolatry today is the worship of money, technology, addictions, absolute political systems even of 'Judaism' and of the personal ego. Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi (z"l)

According to the Talmud, the first question that we will be asked in the World to Come is 'Were you honest in your world? The question challenges us on many different levels. Were you honest in your dealings with other people, in your public life, in your private life, with your family, with your friends? And it also pushes us to ask an even harder question: Were you honest with yourself? Laura Geller"

Acknowledgmentsp. x
Introductionp. xi
Perspectives on the Ten Wordsp. xvii
The First Commandmentp. 1
First Words: I [Am the One]p. 3
The Second Commandmentp. 15
First Words: No Otherp. 17
The Third Commandmentp. 25
First Words: Thou Shalt Not Take the Namep. 27
The Fourth Commandmentp. 41
First Words: The Meaning of Shabbat: A Virtual Domain in Timep. 43
The Fifth Commandmentp. 59
First Words: I Was Young, and I Have Also Grown Olderp. 61
The Sixth Commandmentp. 73
First Words: Undoing Creationp. 75
The Seventh Commandmentp. 85
First Words: Sacred Boundariesp. 87
The Eighth Commandmentp. 97
First Words: A Bit of a Thiefp. 99
The Ninth Commandmentp. 109
First Words: Competing Valuesp. 111
The Tenth Commandmentp. 123
First Words: Desirep. 125
Ten More Wordsp. 133
Sources and Notesp. 137
About the Contributorsp. 145
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ISBN: 9781580231589
ISBN-10: 1580231586
Series: Restoring the Ten Commandments and Ourselves
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st November 2001
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.28