The big Ten!

Thursday, 26 May, 2022 - 12:41 pm

In preparation for Shavuot, I was once again exploring the big 10.

Thinking about the 10 commandments they are seemingly quite basic. It's quite simple to understand that one should not murder. Yet, just this week we saw that a seemingly basic moral was violated at Robb Elementary School where 19 children and two teachers were murdered!

During the holocaust, millions of people, Jews, and Non-Jews, were murdered by "cultured" people.

The big ten starts with "There is a G-d". That is the foundation of all morality. There is a G-d that cares about how we behave and that we do the basic things of morality as well as treating our parents with honor. There is no excuse to murder, kidnap, bear false witness or covet.

G-d knows and cares that human society functions in a healthy way. It is the same G-d who wants us not to rationalize why it is "OK" to do these types of things.

If morality is not based on a fundamental truth like G-d, it becomes negotiable.

Have a good Shabbos and please say a prayer for the souls of those who were murdered!

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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