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Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Ten Commandments, "No Other G-ds" Includes Democracy and Other Western Idols

Yesterday, Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath, was the Torah Portion Yitro, Jethro, in which we read/heard the Ten Commandments.  It begins very simply and clearly, just like the basic writing rules with a "main idea" and "topic sentence:"
ב אָנֹכִי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, אֲשֶׁר הוֹצֵאתִיךָ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם מִבֵּית עֲבָדִים: לֹא-יִהְיֶה לְךָ אֱלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים, עַל-פָּנָי. 2
I am the LORD thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.

As the saying goes, everything else is commentary.

Our priorities must be very clear.  First G-d's Laws, then all others.  If the other laws contradict G-d's then they are illegal, immoral.

If the Israeli Government orders soldiers to do something forbidden, like destroying Jewish homes in the Land of Israel, then the soldiers must refuse orders.  Plain and simple.  There's no legitimate way to spin it otherwise.

The custom is to rise when the Ten Commandments are read in the synagogue.  we must focus on the words, on the message.

Democracy is man-made.  It's supposed to complement, not override G-d's Laws.  We shouldn't be begging for the approval of men, only the approval of G-d.

Shavua Tov uMevorach
Have a Good and Blessed Week

9 comments:

Keli Ata said...

Shavua tov Batya:)

I think of the Ten Commandments as history's first powerpoint presentation lol. It's clear and concise.

Batya said...

I thought it was a massive light show, so loud and bright the people asked Moses to give them the quiet version.

Anonymous said...

i find your simplistic view of religion disturbing.

Hadassa said...

Shalom!
Anonymous, I find your lack of understanding of the basic principles of Judaism disturbing. Your lack of understanding of Israeli politics, past and present is also disturbing.
The saying that Batya quotes is from Rabbi Hillel, one of the greatest Jewish Sages that ever lived. Do you find him simplistic? If so, learn the commentary. If you learn it properly, you'll change your opinion.

Batya said...

Hadassa, you took the words right off my keyboard...

Keli Ata said...

I think anonymous meant my view of religion was simplistic.

Your description in your comment was beautiful, btw.

Batya said...

keli, a just doesn't relate to religion the way we do.

Anonymous said...

batya, you are correct.

Batya said...

a, that's life
People are different.