Va-Et’channan-Torah in Haiku

moses - 10 commandments stained glass

This week’s portion includes Moses’s retelling of the Ten Commandments (Deuteronomy 5:6-18)

I am Adonai …
Who brought you out of Egypt …
Out from slavery. —

Other gods? Just Me….
Don’t worship any idols
It makes Me jealous

Don’t swear in My name.
To remember you were slaves, …
Keep the Sabbath Day. —

Honor your parents….
Don’t murder, don’t cheat, don’t steal….
Be honest – don’t lie.—

Last one – don’t covet …
Keeping up with the Jonses? …
That’s against My laws. —

This is an expanded version of a Ten Commandments haiku from 2009

Photo of stained glass window at Beth Shalom Congregation (Elkins Park, PA) by Wayne Stratz via Flickr

Ed Nickow | The Torah In Haiku

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