Kabbalistic Concepts

What Do the Ten Utterances Mean to Me?

At one point or another, we have probably all looked at the Ten Utterances (The Ten Commandments) and thought, “OK, those are easy enough. I wasn’t planning on killing anyone or building an idol in my house.” To most of us, in fact, they may not seem so hard to follow.

But the truth is that, like everything in the Bible, the Ten Utterances are not meant to be taken only literally. Sure, it may not be difficult for us not to pick up a gun and kill someone, but I’m sure we all have a person or two we would like to destroy in reputation or business. The same goes for idol worship. We may not have plaster idols sitting in our house, but we do idolize people because of their fame or wealth. Respect and admiration for another’s accomplishments is one thing, but hanging around people because of who they are and how they can benefit us is something else altogether. And, certainly, in terms of “Thou shalt have no other Gods before Me,” we have all, at some point in our lives, probably worshipped the god of money, the god of lust, the god of high position.

My point? There’s a lot more to the Ten Utterances than meets the eye, and there is so much to this week’s energy if we can take a good look at ourselves and be open for a new perspective. The time is ripe for a new start. We can turn that new page. And trust me, each one of us needs a beginning, regardless of how old we are or of what we’ve done before.


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