Originally published in Autumn 2010/Winter 2011 issue of Humanistic Judaism Journal
The Ten Commandments:
by Bertram Rothschild
Ed. Note: Although nowhere so stated in the Bible, Shavuot (the Festival of Weeks) traditionally celebrates the giving of the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai - the climax to seven weeks of wandering in the wilderness following the Exodus from Egypt, which is commemorated by the festival of Passover. What follows is a midrashic analysis of this legendary story from a humanistic perspective.
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