Parashat Yitro: Faith, morality and free choice

‘You shall not covet’ is the result of deep faith in God. If you believe that you do not deserve something that is not yours, you will not covet it!

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
February 1, 2018 15:36
3 minute read.
‘MOSES ON Mount Sinai’ (c. 1895-1900) by French painter Jean-Léon Gérôme.

‘MOSES ON Mount Sinai’ (c. 1895-1900) by French painter Jean-Léon Gérôme.. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

 
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This week we read about the event that shaped the Jewish nation, the occurrence that made us into a unique people with a sense of mission to repair the world: the revelation at Mount Sinai.

Less than two months after the nation was liberated from slavery in Egypt, it gathered at Mount Sinai and watched a spiritual event the likes of which had never occurred before, and have not occurred since. It was a public revelation the entire nation – men and women – could see, with the core being the Ten Commandments, which include all the basic tenets of Judaism.

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