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Broken Tablets: Restoring the Ten Commandments and Ourselves / Edition 1
     

Broken Tablets: Restoring the Ten Commandments and Ourselves / Edition 1

by Rachel S. Mikvah, Lawrence Kushner, Arnold Jacob Wolf, Eugene B. Borowitz, Leonard Fein
 

ISBN-10: 1580231586

ISBN-13: 9781580231589

Pub. Date: 11/01/2001

Publisher: Turner Publishing Company

Even people who claim not to be "religious" will generally maintain that they do observe the Ten Commandments. We simply assume that these utterances shape the moral basis of our society and all good people can subscribe to them. But the "Ten Words" teach us a multitude of things, some of which we have not even yet imagined, few of which we have mastered. Why is it

Overview

Even people who claim not to be "religious" will generally maintain that they do observe the Ten Commandments. We simply assume that these utterances shape the moral basis of our society and all good people can subscribe to them. But the "Ten Words" teach us a multitude of things, some of which we have not even yet imagined, few of which we have mastered. Why is it that these ten simple (or are they?) statements 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580231589
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
11/01/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsx
Introductionxi
Perspectives on the Ten Wordsxvii
1.The First Commandment1
First Words: I [Am the One]3
2.The Second Commandment15
First Words: No Other17
3.The Third Commandment25
First Words: Thou Shalt Not Take the Name27
4.The Fourth Commandment41
First Words: The Meaning of Shabbat: A Virtual Domain in Time43
5.The Fifth Commandment59
First Words: I Was Young, and I Have Also Grown Older61
6.The Sixth Commandment73
First Words: Undoing Creation75
7.The Seventh Commandment85
First Words: Sacred Boundaries87
8.The Eighth Commandment97
First Words: A Bit of a Thief99
9.The Ninth Commandment109
First Words: Competing Values111
10.The Tenth Commandment123
First Words: Desire125
Ten More Words133
Sources and Notes137
About the Contributors145

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