The Ten Commandments = The Ten Basic Spiritual Laws of the Universe

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One important thing to put in your mind before we try to understand the real meaning of the “Ten Commandments” is that there is no Ten Commandments.
The Torah in Exodus 20:1 tells us “וַיְדַבֵּר אֱלהִים, אֵת כָּל-הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה לֵאמֹר” \”And God spoke all these words, saying…\”

Nowhere has it been said “I command you”. I suggest to everyone not to treat those holy words as commandments. The Zohar says that the word command, “צו” in Hebrew is related to idol worshiping. We can understand why the Zohar states this when we know that G-d created the universe for us. If we can build and we can destroy, it means that we have free choice. Therefore G-d’s words cannot be commandments.
Idol worshipping happens when we follow a system that takes away our free choice. If you follow a spiritual (or any) leader blindly then you lose your connection to the creator. This is idol worship.
The verb “וַיְדַבֵּר” (and he spoke) that is used in the verse (20:1) comes before the ten sayings. And then comes “אֵת כָּל-הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה” (all those words/sayings). The root is “דבר” and it is used for speaking and for things, “דְּבָרִים”. From this we understand that G-d speaks to us at the lower level, to the world of Malchut.
Speaking “דיבור”, comes out from the mouth and this is where thoughts form a connection to the physical world.
The words of G-d here are sayings, Utterances, statements but not commandments.

G-d has given us his best advice. Those are the basic rules of the spiritual system. If we want to connect to the Light of the creator, it is better for us to follow those guidelines

1. You shall have no other Gods but me.
There is only one spiritual system in the world. You see Positive, it is from G-d, you see negative it’s the same. There is only one G-d. It doesn’t matter if you are Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, green, yellow, black or red. One G-d and one system for everyone. Gravity affects everyone, a headache pill from the US or Europe can relieve the aches of most people on seven continents. G-d is everything; G-d is the system.
G-d is assuring us that he is looking for our benefits when he says (20:2) “אֲשֶׁר הוֹצֵאתִיך מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם מִבֵּית עֲבָדִים”
“I am your G-d, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery”.
G-d is not commanding, he is saying, Look, I took you out of slavery, made you a free nation and whatever I am saying here is for your own good so you can keep and enjoy your freedom.

2. You shall not make for yourself any idol, nor bow down to it or worship it.
Disconnecting from G-d is losing control. The Zohar teaches us that we cannot represent spiritual forces in physical terms. All matter is under control of the negative side and transferring G-d’s image to matter, also transforms the positive energy of the Light and we create a disconnection. As a result, the correction process is activated. (20:4) “כִּי אָנֹכִי יְדוָד אֱלהֶיךָ, אֵל קַנָּא–פֹּקֵד עֲו‍ֹן אָבֹת עַל-בָּנִים עַל-שִׁלֵּשִׁים וְעַל-רִבֵּעִים, לְשֹׂנְאָי” “for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand {generations} of those who love me and keep my commandments”. (The English translation expresses the understanding of the verse, not the exact meaning. It is incorrect to translate “פֹּקֵד” as punishing since this root is also used for redemption.
Here G-d is saying, please listen and stay with me, otherwise I will have to activate a process of cleansing “אֵל קַנָּא”. “אֵל” is G-d’s name at the level of Chessed (Mercy) and “קַנָּא” is from the root of cleansing “נקי” and also has the same numerical value of “מקוה”, mikve (special spiritual cleansing pool). G-d also warns us that the process can go through the generations. (I expand more on that in the commentary of next week’s parasha of Mishpatim).

3. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
G-d gave us the power to speak and manifest energy. When we speak, we activate the four elements of nature, air, fire, earth and water.
Air is obvious, fire is the warmth of the vapor, water is the moist in the vapor and the earth (soil) is the minerals in the vapor.
When we speak we create angels positive or negative, based on the words we use. Misusing the power that G-d gave us, could hurt us if we don’t keep our words in the positive frame.

4. You shall remember and keep the Sabbath day holy.
The Shabbat is the day where Malchut (female energy) has a connection with the spiritual system (Binah) and draws the energy for the whole week. The Hebrew word “זָכוֹר”, is related to male energy and connection to the light. This is the blessing that G-d is giving us here. The spiritual system is in a rest state and to connect we need to be in affinity with it. Any new creation (work) creates disaffinity and takes away the ability to connect and draw the light for the rest of the week. We can look at it as the only day where we can refill our energy tanks for the week.
A spiritual person connects to his wife on Friday night because of the high level connection and the great blessings they can draw from this (when done properly.)
The main tool to connect to that energy comes through listening to the Torah reading on Shabbat.
One of the important spiritual connections on Shabbat is the Kidush (The blessing over the wine) where we recite this paragraph word by word.

5. Respect your father and mother.
The Ari explains that even if the father and mother are not worthy of any respect (negative people, even murderers etc…), we required to do so for a simple reason that since they are the cause to our existence, then the light comes to us through them. We are connected with a spiritual umbilical cord. We cannot reveal light in our life when we do not respect our parents.
The Ari adds that we should respect our older brothers and sisters because they came before us and we are fed through the same line.

6. You must not kill.
Any form of disconnection from the light is killing. Hurting others creates some form of death. Evil tongue is a form of murder

7. You must not commit adultery.
Sexual act performed with a person that you don’t have a spiritual connection with creates a drain of positive energy and brings chaos.

8. You must not steal.
We cannot enjoy or benefit from anything that we did not earn by our efforts.

9. You must not give false evidence against your neighbor.

We need to watch from getting trapped by the illusion of the five senses.

10. You must not be envious of your neighbor’s goods.
You shall not be envious of his house nor his wife, nor anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Everyone has his own process in life. Envy will connect us to the negative spiritual process of the other person. Be happy with what you have.

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