the 11th commendment?

went out tonight with  some friends. a couple.

to manta ray. good place!

every time i go there i have a feeling i need to go there more often.


  • good food,
  • good atmosphere,
  • good location.

on the way there we spoke about the 10 commendments.

if you could add an 11th, what would it be?

please leave comments,  i am interested in hearing.

we agreed that a great candidate is:

‘Do not do to others what you would not like to be done to you’

by the way, this is not only wisdom of judism, but many culture and is know as ‘the golden rule’

the golden rule has 2 versions, positive and negative. the negative one, of which this is an example, is called the silver rule.

for a treatment of the the ethic of reciprocity, click here

The Sage Hillel, an elder contemporary of Jesus of Nazareth, formulated a negative form of the golden rule. When asked to sum up the entire Torah concisely, he answered:

That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn.
Talmud, Shabbat 31a, the “Great Principle”

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6 Responses to “the 11th commendment?”

  1. רן ערד Says:

    אני הייתי מתחיל בלבטל חלק מהדיברות הקיימים בעשיריה הפותחת, או לפחות שוקל להחליף אותם בסט של דיברות חשובים יותר

  2. רן ערד Says:

    ובאשר למאנטה ריי – אכן מקום מצוין, אבל קצת יקר לדעתי

  3. ophirk Says:

    Hillel’s other famous saying is quite a good candidate as well.
    If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And when I am for myself, what am ‘I’? And if not now, when?

  4. adisababa Says:

    ran. i agree some should be stricken from the original 10. which ones?
    in a discussion with my brother sagy, he says any that forbid you to think something. as long as you are not doing wrong, thoughts should be free.
    ophir, i appreciate you input about hillel and wish i would have thought of it myself

  5. Jonny Klahr Says:

    Surely not all thoughts are free. Certain thoughts are bad, wrong, harmful….
    The point of 10 commandments is to guide you to good – which has to require more than just the abstention from evil.
    The truth is that you can’t really modernize the commandments since modern society with its focus on personal autonomy and relative morality has lost its ability to connect to the concept of commandments.

    But if I was adding a ‘modern one’ it would probably be “Take responsibility for your actions and their consequences”

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