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*The* Ten Commandments



See below, Michael Alan Ross' original elucidating poem,


In Defense of Liberty and Democracy, Freedom and Responsibility


considering the parasha of the week, Yitro.




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The original elucidating poem,


In Defense of
Liberty and Democracy,
Freedom and Responsibility


By the author of


The Ten Commandments Guidebook


With its


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






Copyright Michael Alan Ross, 2009-2015
All Rights Reserved.

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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's an example of his original, elucidating poem, In Defense of Liberty and Democracy, Freedom and Responsibility, in light of the parasha of the week, Yitro:






In Defense of Liberty and Democracy,
Freedom and Responsibility

Copyright Michael Alan Ross 2009-2015. All rights reserved.



Like Moses coming down The Mountain
With the Ten Phrases,
We are responsible.


Like Moses apportioning judges among the masses
To decide fairly,
We are responsible.


Like Moses declaiming to pharoah
Let my people go,
We are responsible.


Like Moses teaching the laws of Torah
To serve God and goodness,
We are responsible.


Like Moses listening to multiple voices
To hear Yitro, Miriam, and Aaron,
We are responsible.


If liberty is freedom of the body,
Then democracy is responsibility of the soul.

If liberty is freedom to speak,
Then democracy is responsibility to listen.

If liberty is freedom to choose life,
Then democracy is responsibility to respect another's.

If liberty is freedom to associate,
Then democracy is responsibility to do right.

If liberty is freedom to self-govern,
Then democracy is responsibility to vote.

If liberty is freedom to make peace,
Then democracy is responsibility to care.

If liberty is freedom to love and propagate,
Then democracy is responsibility to not teach hate.

If liberty is freedom to lead your people,
Then democracy is responsibility to not blame others.

If liberty is freedom to be a good example,
Then democracy is responsibility to bless.






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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The Ten Commandments Guidebook

Ways to Self-Struggle with Classic Morals

In Song, Poetry, and Prose

Covers 10 Commandments Plus One Other!

Softcover 153 pages with practical suggestions pages!

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