The Aseret HaDibrot (Ten Commandments) as Foundational Principles

The Aseret HaDibrot (Ten Commandments) contain the entire Torah. As such we should seek out the underlying principles of each one and the implications they have for how we live our lives according to them as Core Values.  

 

#10 Do Not Covet

God has made us all individuals with unique circumstances.

My life, including my challenges, is a gift. I look to others for lessons, when appropriate for me, rather than as competitors.

#9 Do Not Be A False Witness

Our speech is our most powerful tool

Through my speech I can build a better world by seeking truth, justice, and offering comfort.

I am also able to destroy our world through lies, bigotry, and cruelty. 

#8 Do Not Steal 

Mankind is endowed with possessions: our bodies, property, and thoughts (daat)
 

The respect I give others includes my respect for the autonomy others have over their possessions 


 

#7 Do Not Commit Adultery


Relationships are built on loyalty - the faithful adherence to promises and commitments, both explicit and implicit.

In order to be loyal in all relationships I must be aware of my promises and commitments and be prepared to sacrifice ease and pleasure in order to fulfill them.  

 
 

#6 Do Not Murder


Every person is created in the image of God and is deserving of a vibrant life in all its elements: physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual.

#5 Honor your father and mother


Our parents gave us life and our teachers teach us how to live it.

We are indebted to them and should show them honor and respect. 
 

#4 Remember the Shabbat to sanctify it
 

Shabbat is a day for rejuvenation. A time to remember and realign ourselves with what is important to us. 

#3. Do not take the name of the Lord (HaShem) in vain

 

The Lord's (HaShem's) name is sacred and stands for everything we know about Him.

Wherever it be, and whatever is associated with it, must always be treated with great respect and never desecrated. 

We have the great merit and responsibility of carrying His name and representing what it stands for through our lives.

#2 Do not have any other gods in My presence

Even though there are many powers and authorities in this world, the Lord (HaShem) is the ultimate power, guiding force, and highest authority. 

No other power or force will ultimately provided our needs and fulfillment. 

#1  I am the Lord (HaShem), your God, who took you out of Egypt, the house of slavery.

 

The one and only creator, the Lord (HaShem), is our God: He loves us, teaches us, and guides us constantly to our ultimate elevation and perfection.

 

He took us out of Egypt, continues to save us from oppression and hardship, and will bring about the final redemption and eternal peace, tranquility, and happiness.