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*The* Ten Commandments



See below, Michael Alan Ross' original, mystical, kabbalah vision, poetic experience

Commit


considering the 1st Commandment,
Recognize God/Goodness!




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Commit


From the New


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Spiritual and practical ways to self-struggle with our
Ten Commandments








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Michael A. Ross, a post-denominational, American Jew, and author of the newly published, The Ten Commandments Guidebook elucidates both spiritual, practical, and fun ways to self-struggle with our Ten Commandments. Mr. Ross uses his creative poetry, prose, and lyrics to construct modern midrashim and piyyutim, prosaic and poetic commentaries. Rabbi Ellen Pildis, a post-denominational rabbi, offers praise of his text on the book's back cover. In re-Visiting The Ten Commandments , Mr. Ross finds meaningful and unusual ways to sing about, to wax poetic, to constructively criticize, and to praise in light of our Commandments. Mr. Ross also is author of BostonWalks' The Jewish Friendship Trail Guidebook - 6 Self-guided Jewish History Walk Tours of Downtown Boston. His writings are drawn from a lifetime of Jewish American experiences.
Here is an example of his poem, Commit, which considers the 1st Commandment in the following verses:





Commit


© Michael Alan Ross 2004-2015. All rights reserved.


Bicycling from Bedford to Lexington Green,
During a Friday respite from the rain-machine,
I paused to sip water at Chabad’s corner repose,
where stood a bearded fellow in casual clothes.


After we substituted a nod for hello,
I drank from my bottle, cooling H2O,
In the moments I sipped, hesitating to go,
He faced me head-on, and said, “You know?”


“It’s not known whether Torah comes from God,
whom is its source or its rod?
Did humans compile some folk tradition?
Draw from our own well, erudition?”


Did I hear him correctly? I asked myself.
As he spoke again to his audience of one:
“Does it really matter from whom the words of Torah come?
For a student, aren’t its teachings, what are to be won?”


My hesitation to remount my bike seemed to encourage him.
“Aren’t our tales as instructive as sociology and psychology?
Aren’t the stories of the Jewish people as powerful as Greek mythology?”
Fleetingly, I imagined blue Jews with Torahs marching on a white-glazed bowl rim.


I nodded yes, as he looked skyward, toward a thickening black cloud.
“Morality, democracy, and justice, aren’t those issues about which Torah speaks loud?”
He raised his arms, like he was a prophet on a soapbox.
“Torah is our tool for finding flowers among rocks!”


He turned once more to me.
“If there is a force behind the universe door, God it may be.”
He now smiled, returning from possible heresy,
“Torah’s teachings are my key.”


With that said, he shook my hand, and walked away,
Leaving me wondering, was it a Spinoza who blessed my last day of May?
Astounded and awed, I mounted and peddled with home in sight,
To celebrate Shabbat’s arrival that coming night.




Notes: 1. Chabad (Hebrew acronym for wisdom, understanding, & knowledge) is a Jewish movement with local synagogues.
2. Spinoza was a 17th century, Jewish philosopher.




Midrashim and Piyyutim!


Mr. Ross' poetry about the Ten Commandments, his prosaic warm memories of family life, and his lyrical voicing of social concerns can be called by the Hebrew words piyyutim and midrashim, poems and commentaries, which offer uplifting, spiritual and, sometimes, simply appreciative or challenging interpretations. In addition, Mr. Ross offers many suggestions for the reader to consider in struggling with the Ten Commandments, making this Guidebook a fine teaching tool, usable not only for its inspirational reading but also for its suggestions of good deeds.
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THIRTEEN PRINCIPLES FOR PROGRESSIVE JEWS

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