Orthodox Judaism/Torah


Hello and thank you so much for your time. Are the Ten Commandments set apart from the rest of the written Law of Moses? In other words  Do you as a Jewish Rabbi believe the Ten Commandments are different than the rest of the Law of Moses? Or is the Law of Moses just one whole Law? The reason I am asking is I have always heard the Ten Commandments are special and God's moral Law but the rest of the Law was written by Moses. Thank you so much.

Josh, shalom!

According to Judaism, all of the Torah's 613 commandments are equally important. As such, the mitzva of eating only kosher is just as important as keeping any of the Ten Commandments.

The Ten Commandments are unique, however, as they were the only commandments given directly by God at the Revelation at Sinai. The remaining commandments were given by Moses, who received them from God.

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Rabbi Ari Enkin


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Rabbi Ari N. Enkin originally from Montreal fulfilled his life-long dream of making aliyah in July 2004 after serving for seven years as a congregational and community rabbi in Montreal, Edmonton, and Winnipeg. Rabbi Enkin holds both Yoreh-Yoreh and Yadin-Yadin semichas as well as a Masters Degree specializing in Informal Adult Education. He is the author of several seforim including most recently "Dalet Amot - Halachic Perspectives" which discusses over 100 contemporary halachic issues. The first printing quickly sold out and a second revised edition is underway (Gefen Publishing House), as is a second volume in this series. Rabbi Enkin is also a frequent contributor to a number of publications on mostly Halachic topics. Since making Aliyah Rabbi Enkin has taught at a number of Yeshivot and Seminaries and is currently working as the manager of Cheerfully Changed Financial Services in Modiin. He also serves as the General Editor of the highly acclaimed Hirhurim Website as well as rabbinical advisor to Judaism.about.com. His lectures are known to be fun, informal, and enlightening appropriate form both laymen and scholars alike.

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