Sunday, May 15, 2011

Refecting on God's Rules

Cross posted on the TBS Children's Center blog.

With the progress reports and conferences commencing, reflection has come into play for the students as well as the teachers. The teachers have reflected on the students’ progress and certain events that have happened in the classrooms to create anecdotes for the parents. Here at the preschool, the children are cultivating the fundamental skills that will comprise the framework of their education as well as their lives. From this, I have begun reflecting on what I consider the foundation blocks God has provided for us through the Ten Commandments. As well, in the book of Exodus God provides us with addition rules and guidelines to help us reflect on our actions and expectations as Jewish people. I began to ask; are these guidelines still relevant to us today, and if so, how? Which of these guidelines speaks to me, and how do I interpret it into my life? 

Some of the rules from the book of Exodus that I was reflecting on, and would like to share are:

  • You shall not oppress nor do any wrong to strangers, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.
  • When you see a wandering animal, return it to its owner. Help all animals, even if they are the animals of your enemy.
  • You shall accept no bribes, for bribery blinds the clear-sighted and turns the words of the righteous to falsehood.

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