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INSIGHT: 10 Commandments and 2 Tablets10 Commandments… Myth or Fact?Big Words, Big Lesson

The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments

Finally, the great moment arrived, the greatest moment in history! What you are about to read or hear is unique in the history of mankind. It was an event never duplicated by any other nation or religion.

It was Shabbos morning, the 6th day of Sivan, 2,448 years since Creation. 26 generations had passed since the creation of the first man and woman, Adam and Chavah. Bnei Yisrael looked up from their camp toward the mountain.

The world was utterly silent. No bird chirped, no ox bellowed, no donkey brayed. The sea did not stir. No creature made a sound. Even the angels stopped singing praise of HaShem.

A heavy, thick cloud rested on top of the mountain. Then – BOOM! – a great crash of thunder was heard! Lightning flashed across the sky! And then came a very loud and long blast of the shofar.

Bnei Yisrael was riveted by the sights and sounds on Mount Sinai, and they were trembling in fear. Soon they would hear HaShem’s voice. Would they be able to handle it?

Moshe came down from the mountain, turned to his people and said in a soothing voice, “Come to the foot of the mountain but do not pass the border fence and do not touch the mountain.”

When Moshe returned to the top of Mount Sinai, HaShem was ready to say the Aseres HaDibros, the ten special commandments that were carved on two tablets of sapphire.

The mountain became covered in smoke. The ground shook, and the sound of the shofar blast kept getting louder… and louder…

At last, the moment of truth arrived. HaShem began to speak. His holy voice came from all directions – from the north, from the south, from the east, and from the west. Bnei Yisrael not only heard HaShem’s Heavenly voice, but actually saw the sound waves!

Hi… It’s me. Benny.

 

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Shazak insight

Ten Commandments and Two Tablets

The Ten Commandments, given to us by HaShem, were engraved upon two tablets made of sapphire.

On the first tablet were engraved the first 5 commandments. They all had one thing in common. They were all Mitzvos dealing with HaShem, called Bain Adam LaMakom – between Man and Hashem.

The second tablet of the Luchos contains commandments which guide us on how to behave toward people. These Mitzvos are called Bain Adam LaChaveiro – between man and man.

Shazak insight

10 Commandments… Myth or Fact?

Everyone knows that HaShem gave us 10 Commandments. Right? Wrong! Look carefully at the Chumash and you’ll see that some of those 10 items are not necessarily commandments (for example, “I am HaShem your G-d” is not necessarily an instruction) and some of them contain more than one instruction (such as the last one, where we are commanded not to be jealous of several kinds of things). 

So, what are they? The Torah calls them Devarim, which means “things” or “items.” Our sages call them Dibros, which means “speeches.” Each one is a different speech, written in the Torah in its own paragraph. Some of those paragraphs are just two words and some are much longer, but each one is an important lesson! 

Shazak insight

Big Words, Big Lesson

Everyone knows that HaShem gave us 10 Commandments. Right? Wrong! Look carefully at the Chumash and you’ll see that some of those 10 items are not necessarily commandments (for example, “I am HaShem your G-d” is not necessarily an instruction) and some of them contain more than one instruction (such as the last one, where we are commanded not to be jealous of several kinds of things). 

So, what are they? The Torah calls them Devarim, which means “things” or “items.” Our sages call them Dibros, which means “speeches.” Each one is a different speech, written in the Torah in its own paragraph. Some of those paragraphs are just two words and some are much longer, but each one is an important lesson! 

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