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Cherish and Respect

Parshat Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23)

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/cherish_and_respect_20040213

The Ten Commandments are one of the most fascinating documents in the history of mankind. Hundreds of books and thousands of articles and commentaries were written around them. They decorate, in different forms and media, almost every synagogue and public Jewish facility, and recently they were in the center of a fiery debate regarding the separation of church and state. But from all discussions and debates of commentators and scholars throughout the ages, one question stands out: What is the logic behind the division of the commandments on the Tablets of the Law?

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