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You shall not covet…

The two versions of the Ten Commandments, the first in the Parashat Yitro, the second in Va’etchanan, (the book of Deuteronomy being a Mishneh Torah or reiteration) show a slight difference in order and language, although the message re...

Posted on 5 June 2019, By Chazan Jaclyn Chernett
You shall not bear false witness

The ninth utterance prohibits false witness testimony. This is not a general prohibition on lying, but is connected to the necessity for a correctly functioning legal system within which honest witness testimony is a crucial component. Th...

Posted on 5 June 2019, By Rabbi Joel Levy
You shall not steal

The medieval Bible commentator Ovadiah ben Jacob Sforno included the injunction against misleading (g’neivat da’at) under the eighth commandment ‘you shall not steal’. In the case of g’neivat da’at, a person is ‘stealing’ ...

Posted on 5 June 2019, By Rabbi Daniella Kolodny