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  • Judith Prays’ ‘Bracelet Project’

    By Avishay Artsy

    June 4, 2014 | 11:14 am

    How often do you think about the Ten Commandments?

    I’m not talking about a gray-bearded Charlton Heston on Mount Sinai, gripping two stone tablets under a lightning-filled sky.

    I mean the instructions you were taught as a child: to worship only God, to keep the Sabbath and to...

  • The 10th Commandment, Tony Kushner, and Me

    By Salvador Litvak

    January 29, 2014 | 6:35 pm

    The Ten Commandments prohibit murder with just two words, while the prohibition on coveting includes fifteen. The no-coveting rule is also the 10th Commandment - the climax of God's revelation at Sinai. It's surprising because we all covet; we can't help it. So why did God make a...

  • Giving Voice: Parashat Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23)

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    January 16, 2014 | 2:16 pm

    Someone came to me in tears. “Too much yelling,” he said. “My boyfriend yells at me, my boss yells at me, even my father still yells at me.” 

    We talked about how yelling doesn’t achieve what the yellers want to achieve. We talked about the knot he gets in his stomach when the...

  • Honor trumps love

    By Dennis Prager

    May 22, 2013 | 12:16 pm

    Between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day is a good time to return again to the fifth of the Ten Commandments, “Honor your father and your mother.”

    The Ten Commandments are the most important demands God makes upon the Jews (and upon members of any religion based on the Jewish...

  • Shavuot inspires dairy recipes

    By Judy Zeidler

    May 8, 2013 | 11:50 am

    Shavuot celebrates the receiving of the Ten Commandments and the arrival of the spring harvest. But, for food lovers, it is noted for the array of dairy foods that are served — delicious combinations of cheese, sour cream, milk and eggs. Also in abundance are “stuffed” foods, such...

  • Weeklong event explores Judaism and wellness

    By Rachel Heller

    April 18, 2013 | 1:56 pm

    When Rabbi Laura Geller learned that her father had Alzheimer’s disease, she struggled with the news. He was only in his 70s, after all, and it was painful for her to watch the man who had raised her — who she said had been “important and powerful and wonderful” in her life — lose...

  • Putting the Ten Commandments on display

    May 17, 2012 | 12:38 pm

    Are the Ten Commandments only to be heard but not seen? And when they are seen, how should they look?

    Some groups, notably the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), believe that public images of the Ten Commandments should be scarce.

    “That the increasing call by private citizens and...

  • Religious Freedom: Should the 10 Commandments Be Promoted in Public?

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    May 13, 2012 | 9:22 am

    One of the great debates in America today is over the role of religion in the public sphere. To what extent is the United States government embracing religion? Are we “one nation under G-d?” Most concretely, should religious teachings such as the Ten Commandments be allowed on...

  • Ala. justice removed over Ten Commandments advances in bid to return

    March 15, 2012 | 10:12 am

    A former Alabama chief justice who was removed for placing a monument to the Ten Commandments in his courthouse won the Republican primary in a bid to get back his job.

    Roy Moore won slightly more than 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary, obviating the need for a runoff. He...

  • Opinion: Still the only solution to the world’s problems

    By Dennis Prager

    August 17, 2011 | 12:24 pm

    There is only one solution to the world’s problems, only one prescription for producing a near-heaven on earth.

    It is 3,000 years old.

    And it is known as the Ten Commandments.

    Properly understood and applied, the Ten Commandments is really all humanity needs to make a beautiful...

  • California on Passover [VIDEO]

    April 25, 2011 | 8:36 am

  • March 8-March 18, 2011

    By Ryan Torok

    March 8, 2011 | 5:46 pm

    THU | MARCH 10

    The sculptor and Nazarian family matriarch presents a 25-year survey of her work, in “Strength Revealed.” The exhibition, curated by Barbara Gilbert, curator emerita of the Skirball Cultural Center, explores Nazarian’s artistic progression...

  • Honor your father and mother

    By Dennis Prager

    January 19, 2011 | 3:20 pm

    The Case for the Torah: Part I / Part II / Part III / Part IV / Part V

    To make the case for the Torah, I can think of no better verse with which to begin than the fifth of the Ten Commandments: “Honor your father and your mother so that your days be lengthened on the land that I...

  • VIDEO: The Ten Commandments according to an ‘action figure’ that speaks

    August 5, 2008 | 1:46 am

    “Best $8 I’ve ever spent,” wrote YouTube videographer urinbextasy

    Yes, we know this is a Christian version of the Top Ten Commandments.

  • God’s Blog #2: Ten Commandments

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 10, 2008 | 1:22 pm

    “Thou shalt have none other gods before me.”

    “Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it.”

    “Thou shalt not kill. Neither shalt thou commit adultery. Neither shalt thou steal.”

    I don’t mean to kvetch, but are these five commandments, and the others I gave you, really so hard to follow?

  • A new film series of Biblical proportions:<BR>The Ten Commandments -- they're baaaaack!

    By Pat Sierchio

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Eight in 10 Americans know two all-beef patties are in a Big Mac, but just over four in 10 -- 41% -- can't name 'Thou shall not kill' as one of the Ten Commandments," according to a 2007 study.

    Those not-too-surprising results reported by Kelton Research is why producer...

  • ‘The Ten’ (commandments) return to the big screen as a comedy

    By Pat Sierchio

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The Ten Commandments have been around for a long, long time. Ever since the 13th Century B.C.E., to be exact. Yet in all this time there have only been two major live theatrical motion pictures made about them; the 1923 silent version and the 1956 epic starring Charlton Heston,...
  • Ten Commandments for a Happy Marriage

    By Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwad

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    For those preparing for marriage, as well as those already wed, Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald, director of the National Jewish Outreach Program, offers his Ten Commandments for a successful marriage. His advice is based on the 3,300-year-old Jewish tradition, is timeless and applicable to...

  • Ten Commandments’ Future Unclear

    By Matthew E. Berger

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The U.S. Supreme Court's split rulings this week on the public display of the Ten Commandments is likely to lead to further confusion on what's permissible and what's not, analysts say.

    The high court determined that some monuments cast a religious message and therefore violate the...

  • Sorrel Helps Liven Up Neglected Schav

    By Linda Morel

    May 6, 2004 | 8:01 pm

    "Mother used to leave jars full of schav in the refrigerator," says a friend of mine. "Because the stuff looked like seaweed, I would run from the kitchen in horror."

    Schav, the khaki-colored soup once savored by Ashkenazi Jews, has fallen on hard times in recent decades. In a world...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Ready, Steady, GJ

    In our Torah we have reached Parshat Mishpatim. The Israelites have just been given the Ten Commandments, and now God spends a whole portion giving them laws that they will have to observe when they reach the Land of Israel.

    It can take a long time to study...

  • Cherish and Respect

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    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...

  • Parshat Yitro

    By Abby Gilad

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In Parshat Yitro, God gives the Israelites the Ten Commandments. Some are commandments of thought: "Do not covet your neighbor's possessions." Some are commandments of speech: "Do not swear with God's name." And some are commandments of action: "Do not steal" and "Keep the Sabbath."

  • A Portion of Parshat Ki Tisa

    By Abby Gilad

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Oh boy, do the Israelites slip up this week. They have just received the Ten Commandments, have heard God speak to them and have vowed to do all that God commands them, even if they do not fully understand why they must. Forty days later, they're dancing around a calf made of melted...

  • Contemporary Commandments

    By Rabbi Susan Laemmle

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    There is little doubt that Aseret Ha-dibrot, the Ten Commandments, form the centerpiece of Parshat Yitro and probably the entire Torah.

    The congregation rises three times a year when they are chanted. The paired tablets on which they were inscribed adorn most synagogue arks. And...