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Torah Talk for Parashat Yitro

February 16, 2017 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

Yitro, Moshe’s father-in-law, suggests a system for establishing lower courts to settle disputes; Hashem articulates the Aseret HaDibrot (Ten Commandments) to the Bnei Yisrael amidst fire, smoke, and sounds of the shofar.

We often translate Aseret HaDibrot, as I did above, as “The Ten Commandments.” However, they are not really Ten Commandments, because Dibrot means “sayings.” They are the Ten Sayings. Why are there specifically ten? Let us think of other things that appear in the world or Jewish life as ten. Read more >