TRUTH: The 10 Commandments were given to the Jewish people…ONLY THE JEWISH PEOPLE
I’ve always found it interesting that the 10 Commandments are displayed in various places around the world in a most ironic fashion, like the courthouses in gentile countries…the irony being that the 10 Commandments are mitzvahs that apply ONLY to the Jewish people. Yes, I know you will send me an angry email that G-d gave them to everyone, and their dictates that all mankind should follow. It’s nice in theory, but it’s absolutely not the truth. I wrote this piece just to clear up some misconceptions that I see in people’s comments on my page.
The Jews have 613 Commandments (mitzvot) that were given to us from G-d, the gentiles are also bound my Commandments (the 7 Noachide Laws). For some reason there is a huge misconception on the clear separation between the dictates given to Jews and non-Jews, when there really shouldn’t be at all. G-d is the Boss, He assigns roles based on how He wants His Creations to function. Let’s take a glimpse at some of these misconceptions.
I can prove my point about who is being referened with the very First Commandment…”I am the L-RD thy G-d, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” This is referring to the almost 200 year slavery under the Egyptians that the Israelites endured, it’s pretty clear who G-d was referring to. There were no other groups enslaved at this time period, there were no Xtians, or muslims, or Buddhists, or Hindus. This was a dictate to the JEWISH people, yet for some reason simply pointing this out infuriates people.
The Second Commandment is also quite troublesome for the Xtian world because the trinity sort of negates the dictate that “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me”.
Muslims would certainly have a problem with the Third Commandment considering that when lopping off someone’s head or exploding oneself in a middle of a square, they scream “ALLAH AKBAR”, which translates to “god is great”. A Rabbi once told me that doesn’t quite mesh with “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy G-d in vain.”
Another major problem is the Fourth Commandment to “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy”…when a non-Jew is converting to Judaism, they are actually obligated to intentionally break Shabbat because a non-Jew is forbidden from keeping the Sabbath in the manner it was dictated to the Jews.
We all have our place and our role in this world, the Jewish people were given our role by G-d and the gentiles their role…what bothers me is the constant robbing of Judaism by the non-Jewish world into a perversion of what the initial intent actually was. If you’re curious about what you just read, ask an Orthodox Jewish Rabbi to explain a question or issue you have with it or any other matter. Knowledge is power, and unfortunately there just isn’t a lot out there!