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Poor People Slam Doors

Ok, that may be a broad generalization and might offend the vast majority, but hear me out.

Today I drove a coworker home, because he didn't have a ride and he doesn't have a car. Upon arival at his home, he thanked me, exited the vehicle and proceeded to slam my car door with extreme force. At that moment I remembered that he slams the door every time I drive him home.

Growing up, my family struggled financially and therefore had two beater cars that you had to slam the doors to close them. This coworker is around 17 years old and has 5 brothers and sisters all living in a small, rundown house.

So, what does this mean? Nothing, just an observation.

The 10 Statements

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I've spent the better part of a month reading the work of Jewish scholars. I've been reading about Judaism, about Jewish perspectives of Jesus, about the Torah, and more recently about the 10 Commandments. The diversity of opinions and commentary is as vast as those found in Christian circles and denominations. You can't simply begin a statement with, "Well, Jews believe..." If someone said, "Well, Christians believe that you know you're saved if you speak in tongues," not every Christian would agree.

With that said, I want to talk about something that most people call the 10 Commandments.

In Judaism, they are referred to as Aseret ha-Dibrot, which is translated from Hebrew into English as the Decalogue, or the 10 Statements. According to passages in Exodus and Deuteronomy, these statements were revealed by God to the Hebrews at Mount Sinai. Five of the statements pertain to their relationship with God, and the other five statements pertain to their relationship with people. Five of the statements are stated in the negative (i.e. "do not...") and the other five are stated in the positive (i.e. "you shall...").

There are 613 commandments in the Jewish tradition, and this is pretty universal regardless of denomination. Some Jewish people believe that the 10 Statements are actually categories under which the 613 commandments fall. Others believe that the 10 Statements were only 10 because the people at Mount Sinai interrupted God, saying that the magnificence of his presence was too much for them to bear. Even others believe that the 10 Statements are the most important commandments of the Jewish tradition. It all depends on who's interpreting the text.

So, what?

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