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David Hazony argues that the Decalogue is as relevant today as it’s ever been

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It’s the time of year when top-10 lists abound. They’re nothing new—in fact, if you consider the well-known injunctions not to kill or steal that are part of the Decalogue, you’ll see top-10 lists have been around for millennia. But though old, the Ten Commandments are hardly out of date. So argues journalist David Hazony in his new book The Ten Commandments: How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life.

In conversation with Vox Tablet host Sara Ivry, Hazony warns against dismissing these ancient pronouncements as simple or obvious. Rather, he says, they are worthy of study, and of being followed—even the one about not coveting our neighbor’s ox. [Running time: 20:26.] 

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rhonda travis says:

Wow, loved hearing David Hazony’s modern take on the ancient text.
How timely for me, as I have recently been studying Yoga as a
life practice and feeling it is endowed with so much useful
wisdom that my own background has not been able to provide. I
will now get David’s book in order to have his assistance in review-
ing and more fully appreciating the words that sometimes fly
under the radar in their relevance. Thanks for presenting this.

Goldie Spieler says:

The discussion was sent to me by a friend and as a messianic believer I was interested to hear what was to be said. And everything was wonderfully Biblically sound plus yes, as a recently added member of Israeli society, David was bang on about the Bible being the mainstay of Israeli society…such a wonderul insight should be braodcast to the whole bigoted world that we now live in.

Goldie Spieler says:

Seems like I had too much to say and the secret sensor blleped me out. If we could all just honor the 10 commandments that we already have, the world would be in better shape.

I very much enjoyed David Hazony’s comments on the Ten Commandments. He explains the relevance of these writings in a way that is seldom heard outside of lectures and classes in the Orthodox world. I was particularly impressed by his explanation of the commandment to honor father and mother — I had not previously heard this commandment tied to who we ourselves are. I look forward to reading his book. Thank you for this presentation.

janet weinberg says:

Let’s substitute the words “The ten statements” for “the ten commandments”, as the first”commandmant” is a statement, not an order.

marcus tom says:

A wonderful article. Don’t know whether I have a ‘favorite’ but I often meditate on the 4th Commandment which speaks to me of the unparalleled beauty of the Sabbath and affirms that the holy can be experienced in a very real way here on earth.

I’ve said that least 1681793 times. The problem this like that is they are just too compilcated for the average bird, if you know what I mean

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