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Moses – Founder of Jewish law (Egypt c. 1250BC)


Moses, one of the most revered figures in Jewish history, was a primordial master who played a crucial role in the establishment of Jewish law. Born into slavery in ancient Egypt, Moses was called by God to lead his people out of bondage and into the Promised Land.

Throughout his life, Moses received a series of divine revelations that led him to understand the nature of God and the purpose of existence. He taught that there was only one God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who was the source of all wisdom, goodness, and truth. He also taught that this God was a loving and merciful God who had a special relationship with his people and had chosen them to be a holy nation.

In addition to his teachings on monotheism, Moses also established the foundation of Jewish law. He received the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai and used them as the basis for a comprehensive legal system that governed every aspect of Jewish life, from religious practices to civil law. This system of law was designed to ensure that the Jewish people would live in accordance with God's will and would maintain their distinctiveness as a holy nation.

Moses' impact on Jewish history and spirituality is immeasurable. He is remembered as a lawgiver, a leader, and a prophet, and his teachings continue to influence Jewish thought and practice to this day. His message of monotheism, his emphasis on moral virtues, and his focus on living a life in service to God have all had a lasting impact on spirituality and religion.

The Ten Commandments are considered to be the cornerstone of ethical behavior and provide guidance on how to live a virtuous and meaningful life

  • You shall have no other gods before me.

  • You shall not make for yourself an idol or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

  • You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.

  • Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

  • Honor your father and your mother.

  • You shall not murder.

  • You shall not commit adultery.

  • You shall not steal.

  • You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

  • You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.

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"The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him." - Moses, Deuteronomy 18:15

"The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness." - Moses, Exodus 34:6

"The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." - Moses, Exodus 14:14

"Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today." - Moses, Exodus 14:13

"Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord." - Moses, Deuteronomy 8:3

"I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live." - Moses, Deuteronomy 30:19

"The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever." - Moses, Deuteronomy 29:29

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." - Moses, Deuteronomy 6:5

"The Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments." - Moses, Deuteronomy 7:9

"I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery." - Moses, Exodus 20:2

"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace." - Moses, Numbers 6:24-26

"But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness." - Moses, Psalm 86:15

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." - Moses, Proverbs 9:10

"The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation." - Moses, Exodus 15:2

"See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse." - Moses, Deuteronomy 11:26

"Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you." - Moses, Exodus 20:12

"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." - Moses, Deuteronomy 31:8


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