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The Ten Commandments: How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life

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Across the Western world, the Ten Commandments have become a source of inspiration and controversy, whether in court rulings, in film and literature, or as a religious icon gracing houses of worship of every denomination. But what do they really mean?

According to polls, less than half of all Americans can even name more than four of them. For most of us, agnostics and fa
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Published September 7th 2010 by Tantor Media (first published 2010)
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Vimal Kodai
“The Ten Commandments” (By David Hazony) is a very realistic, traditional, but, truly modern book that addresses Moses’ ten ‘Laws’ factually. Hazony takes ideal measures while handling each of the ten verses of the commandments as fragments of human beings’ versatile measures which should be taken with due regards to respect, integrity, compassion, forgiveness, understanding, lust, violence, falsehood, adultery, poverty and treason. The format of the writing which the author uses to address the ...more
Simcha Wood
David Hazony's The Ten Commandments is a solid exploration of ways in which the devarim are particularly relevant to the modern world. Though written from a Jewish perspective, the lessons Hazony draws from his subject are fairly ecumenical and will likely resonate for many across the religious and secular spectrum. This is, however, part of the book's weakness as well, in that much of the material is presented at a level of abstraction that robs it of a real spiritual or intellectual heft.

The b
Sep 18, 2013 jeand99 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
NON-READ BOOK REVIEW. Letter to writer David Hazony.

Dear David,

Let me first say this. I do understand the reason why you wrote this book. I do appreciate your project. I do understand your 'win'. But ... I don't comprehend my 'win' and why this book is urgent for me to read (and re-think etc) now.

1. You wrote "Ten ideas constitute a worldview that has not been articulated before". Title of your book is 'THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life'. Your claim of "
I am only on chapter 5 (of an obvious 10) and I adore this book. There are so many truly awful books on this important subject (Dr. Laura springs to mind). As a progressive but observant reform Jew, I feel that most texts on the 10 commandments either side step the difficult issue of what do we do with a God who gives "utterances" (which is a far better translation of the Hebrew) or they march in lock step to the simple drum beat of fundamentalism. This book walks a careful elegant line between ...more
A very well written, interesting, and instructive book. The author starts from the Ten Commandments and uses them as a base to explore or touch on the whole Bible, rabbinic lore, Mark Twain, C.S. Lewis, on and on. Each Commandment gets its own essay.

His interpretations of the few lines of the Commandments are thought-provoking, but sometimes too inventive for me. He reminded me of reading G.K.Chesterton -- so smooth that he can make you think that white is black and black is white. I particularl
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Tawn Gorbutt
I only give five stars to books that change the way I think...or that I think should change my life. This is one.
Mindy Blackstock
Truly an inspiring book about how to incorporate the values of the Ten Commandments into our everyday lives.
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David Hazony is the author of "The Ten Commandments: How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life" (Scribner, 2010), which was a finalist for the 2010 National Jewish Book Award. To order, click here:

David's writings have appeared in The New Republic, Commentary, the Forward,, the Jewish Chronicle, The New York Sun, Policy Review, the Jerusalem Post, and othe
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