Rabbi Oren J. Hayon of Congregation Emanu El in Houston, the editor of Inscribed, introduces the Ten Commandments as a topic of Shavuot study.
The First Commandment
God's Identity: Perspectives from Jewish Philosophy
Rabbi Kari Hofmaister Tuling, PhD, of Congregation Kol Haverim in Glastonbury, CT, describes her spiritual journey, showing how Maimonides and Heschel provide guidance on ways to understand God.
The Fourth Commandment
Shabbat, Rest, and Social Justice
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, PhD, of Valley Beit Midrash in Phoenix, argues that the true meaning of Shabbat is inextricable from the quest for social justice. Only by taking the time to rest can we have the energy and motivation to repair the world.
The Eighth Commandment
"You Shall Not Steal"–Ethics of Consumption
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster of T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights asks what the Torah's prohibition on stealing can tell us about contemporary ethics of consumption.
The Ninth Commandment
Don't Be That Person
Rabbi Michael Marmur, PhD, of Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion discusses the ninth commandment, the prohibition against bearing false witness. Rabbi Marmur addresses the nature of truth and falsehood, urging us to take this commandment to heart today.
The Tenth Commandment
Torah's Thought Crime?
Rabbi Barry H. Block of Congregation B'nai Israel in Little Rock, questions the true meaning of the Tenth Commandment, the prohibition on coveting. Does the Torah really see certain thoughts as sinful?