Posts tagged Ten Commandments

Yitro (Jethro)

Exodus 18:1 to 20:23 This week’s parsha marks a major change in the content of Torah. We move from stories of our ancestors to text that emphasizes the laws that the Israelites are to follow for all time. In many ways this parsha serves as an introduction or preamble to all the laws that follow […]

Ki Tisa – Torah In Haiku

​ Two tablets of stone … Written by God, but destroyed … By Moshe’s anger —   Exodus 31:18, 32:19 And God gave to Moses, when they finished speaking on Mt. Sinai, two tablets of Testimony, tablets of stone, written by the finger of God … As soon as [Moses] came near to the camp […]

Yitro – Torah in Haiku


Two days to prepare … Before God descends Sinai … The Presence revealed — Exodus 19:10-11 God said to Moses, “Go to the people and sanctify them today and tomorrow … Let them be ready for the third day; for on the third day God will come down, in the sight of all the people, […]

Yitro (Father-in-law of Moses)


Exodus 18:1 to 20:23 God speaks the words of the Ten Commandments…. These Ten statements serve as a preamble for the rules, laws and commandments that will be presented throughout the rest of Torah. The parsha opens with a meeting between Moses and his father-in-law, Yitro. Moses tells Yitro how God brought the Israelites out […]

Va-Et’channan-Torah in Haiku

Moses - 10 commandments stained glass window

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. — […]

Ki Tisa – Torah in Haiku

Ki Tisa – Torah in Haiku

  G-d talks to Moses: …. Look what your people have done …. Let me destroy them —— Moses talks to G-d: …. What will the Egyptians say …. If you destroy them?——— As the people dance around the Golden Calf, both G-d and Moses seem ready to abandon them. First, G-d tells Moses, “your […]

On Shabbat “You Shall Not Do Any Work...

On Shabbat “You Shall Not Do Any Work”

Shabbat is a day of rest … God commanded “You shall not do any work…” Six days a week a week I sit at a desk. I’m an accountant…. On Shabbat I want to do something that isn’t “work” like tending my garden and maintaining the yard. To me this is rest… Is this acceptable? […]

Yitro – Torah in Haiku

Yitro – Torah in Haiku

Three months since Egypt…  It’s time for revelation…  The Ten Commandments —–   One G-d, no idols… Don’t swear, remember Shabbat…  Honor your parents —- Don’t murder, don’t cheat…  No stealing, and no lying…  Last thing – don’t covet ————     Ed Nickow | The Torah In Haiku  Twitter  Facebook

Yitro (Jethro – Name of Moses&...

Yitro (Jethro –  Name of Moses’ father-in-law)

Yitro – Exodus 18:1 to 20:23  The text tells of Moses receiving the 10 Commandments and the acceptance and blessing of God by Jethro, a non-Israelite… Both events tell us much about the future traditions of the Israelites. “Jethro, priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, heard all that God had done for Moses and for Israel, […]

B’shalach (When he -Pharaoh- le...

B’shalach (When he -Pharaoh- let the people go)

B’shalach – Exodus 13:17 to 17:16 God causes the plagues, divides the waters, defeats the Egyptian army, provides water when the Israelites are thirsty, sends manna when they are hungry…. Yet, whenever they want, why do the Israelites still show little faith in God and ask to return to the slavery of Egypt? “Now when […]

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