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The Ten Commandments



See below, Michael Alan Ross' original humorous, self-deprecating poem,

Laugh


considering the 9th Commandment,
Don't bear false witness!




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The original humorous, self-deprecating poem,


Laugh


From the New


The Ten Commandments Guidebook


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



Copyright © Michael Alan Ross, 2004-2015.
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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 original, creative, poem, Laugh, which considers the 9th Commandment in the following verses:






Laugh


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



Come, laugh with us, in our lively contention.
Do good, pray hard, and learn to be menschen.


Study our traditions, from mohel to mikvah.
Come in, eat kosher, bless, sing Hatikvah.


Smile often, challenge, and ask questions.
Analyze and debate, all of our suggestions.


Come, climb aboard our oy-vey buses.
Indulge us, in our many mishigases.


Laugh and drink, as we sit in God's tent.
Woe and qvell, as we get bent.


Review our top commandments from sin.
Nod, reluctantly, as to what's out and in.


Drink l'chaim, to God, we pray for you next.
Drs. Ruth and Boteach, who advise safe sex.


Toward evil doers, laugh long and smirk.
Argue strenuously which demon is the bigger jerk.


Let's talk about heinous inquisitions,
Bar mitzvahs, weddings, and bad circumcisions.


Let's laugh about our stories of Chelm.
Let's feel superior to that upside down realm.


None of us ever do stupid things,
Nor do we celebrate crowning fools as kings!


Perhaps, our laughing at stupidity helps us see
Ourselves, by using self-mockery.


Still, we refuse to accept all doings of God.
Rarely does each and every one of us simply bow and nod.


Even after God helped us to cross the Reed Sea,
One of us wailed, "Where's dinner?  Don't think one miracle satisfies me!"




Notes
  • 1. Menschen is Yiddish for decent persons.
  • 2. Mohel is Hebrew for circumcision practitioner.
  • 3. Mikvah is Hebrew for ritual bath.
  • 4. Hatikvah (Hebrew = The Hope) is Israel’s national anthem.
  • 5. Mishigases is Yiddish for eccentricities.
  • 6. Qvell is Yiddish for joy.
  • 7. Drs. Ruth and Boteach are Jewish writers about sex.
  • 8. Chelm is a fictional Jewish village.
  • 9. Reed Sea is one translation of the Hebrew, “Yam Suf.”







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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