Eilu Devarim: These Are The Words

This prayer is called “Eilu/Elu Devarim” (These are the Words), sometimes called “the Rabbinical Ten Commandments.” It’s an ancient prayer from the Talmud that remains a pivotal part of Jewish morning prayer liturgy today. The deeds listed are considered to be mitzvot (obligations) beyond measure. I wrote my own interpretation: These are the practices that …

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Modern Jews VS Israelites

Q. Was Avraham/Abraham (forefather of the three Abrahamic faiths) the first Jew? A. It’s not accurate to say he was a “Jew” or “Jewish,” but he was an ancient archetype and primogenitor, called Avraham Avinu (אברהם אבינו), "our father Abraham” in Jewish tradition. Nowadays, the word Jew is the demonym of the People whose story …

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The Ten Agreements

Ten Agreements I wrote based off “The Ten Commandments.” 1. No Other Gods Before Me: We agree not to allow the manmade gods of ego, greed, envy, arrogance and religious superiority to represent Divinity or diminish the Divinity of other beings. 2. Graven Images: We agree to free ourselves from deeply engraved beliefs that don’t …

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Has Judaism Evolved Over The Ages? (Requested Topic)

Len, at Lensdailydiary, asked “Has Judaism evolved over the ages as a religion? Is it interpreted the same today as 500 years ago? Are younger generations more discerning and demanding in their answers to theological questions?”Judaism, like Christianity, has evolved over time and continues to evolve. We have denominations — just as Christianity has Lutheran, …

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Conscious Eating and Food Shaming

Food Shaming We can see an example of food shaming and using food inappropriately in the Torah in the tale of twin brothers, Esau/Esav and Jacob/Ya’akov. Esau is the skilled hunter, who puts meat on his family’s table. Jacob is the homebody. When Esau/Esav returns home from an unsuccessful hunting trip, he finds his brother …

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