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Celebrating 353 Years


of Jews in America


The Ten Commandments



See below, Michael Alan Ross' original humorous, self-deprecating poem,


Laugh


considering the 9th Commandment,
Don't bear false witness!




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The Ten Commandments Guidebook

Ways to Self-Struggle with Classic Morals

In Song, Poetry, and Prose

Covers 10 Commandments Plus One Other!

Softcover 153 pages with practical suggestions pages!

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Boston Walks Publishers presents




Laugh


from the new


The Ten Commandments Guidebook


Spiritual and practical ways to self-struggle
with good-humor and altruism
with our Ten Commandments





Copyright Michael Alan Ross, 2004-2007.
All Rights Reserved.

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Can a post-denominational, American Jew elucidate both spiritual and practical ways to self-struggle with our Ten Commandments?

In this book, Mr. Ross uses his creative poetry, prose, and lyrics to construct modern midrashim and piyyutim, prosaic and poetic commentaries, to meet such a challenge. Rabbi Ellen Pildis, a post-denominational rabbi, offers praise of his text on the book's back cover.


New Guidebook Re-Visits The Ten Commandments

Can a modern, post-denominational, committed, American Jew find meaningful ways to struggle with our Ten Commandments?
Michael Alan Ross, author of the newly published, The Ten Commandments Guidebook, offers many such ways.
Mr. Ross, author of BostonWalks' The Jewish Friendship Trail Guidebook - 6 Self-guided Jewish History Walk Tours of Downtown Boston, now has written The Ten Commandments Guidebook as a spiritual invitation to the Ten Commandments.
In The Ten Commandments Guidebook, Mr. Ross offers a personal and creative perspective of the Ten Commandments by means of his original poetry, prose, and song lyrics. His writings are drawn from a lifetime of Jewish American experiences.
As an example, his poem, Laugh, considers the 9th Commandment in the following verses:




Laugh

Copyright Michael Alan Ross 2004-2007. All rights reserved.



Come, laugh with us, in our lively contention.
Do good, pray hard, and learn to be menschen.


Study our traditions, from mohel to mikvah.
Come in, eat kosher, bless, sing Hatikvah.


Smile often, challenge, and ask questions.
Analyze and debate, all of our suggestions.


Come, climb aboard our oy-vey buses.
Indulge us, in our many mishigases.


Laugh and drink, as we sit in God's tent.
Woe and qvell, as we get bent.


Review our top commandments from sin.
Nod, reluctantly, as to what's out and in.


Drink l'chaim, to God, we pray for you next.
Drs. Ruth and Boteach, who advise safe sex.


Toward evil doers, laugh long and smirk.
Argue strenuously which demon is the bigger jerk.


Let's talk about heinous inquisitions,
Bar mitzvahs, weddings, and bad circumcisions.


Let's laugh about our stories of Chelm.
Let's feel superior to that upside down realm.


None of us ever do stupid things,
Nor do we celebrate crowning fools as kings!


Perhaps, our laughing at stupidity helps us see
Ourselves, by using self-mockery.


Still, we refuse to accept all doings of God.
Rarely does each and every one of us simply bow and nod.


Even after God helped us to cross the Reed Sea,
One of us wailed, "Where's dinner?  Don't think one miracle satisfies me!"



Notes
  • 1. Menschen is Yiddish for decent persons.
  • 2. Mohel is Hebrew for circumcision practitioner.
  • 3. Mikvah is Hebrew for ritual bath.
  • 4. Hatikvah (Hebrew = The Hope) is Israel's national anthem.
  • 5. Mishigases is Yiddish for eccentricities.
  • 6. Qvell is Yiddish for joy.
  • 7. Drs. Ruth and Boteach are Jewish writers about sex.
  • 8. Chelm is a fictional Jewish village.
  • 9. Reed Sea is one translation of the Hebrew, Yam Suf.



Midrashim and Piyyutim!


Mr. Ross' poetry about the Ten Commandments, his prosaic warm memories of family life, and his lyrical voicing of social concerns can be called by the Hebrew words piyyutim and midrashim, poems and commentaries, which offer uplifting, spiritual and, sometimes, challenging interpretations.
In addition, Mr. Ross offers many suggestions for the reader to consider in struggling with the Ten Commandments, making this Guidebook a fine teaching tool, usable not only for its inspirational reading but also for its suggestions of good deeds.
The Ten Commandments Guidebook, ISBN 0970082525, by Michael Alan Ross is available for purchase online at http://www.gis.net/bostonwalks/TCorderform.html and for sale in selected bookstores such as Kolbo Fine Judaica and Israel Book Shop in Boston/Brookline.
It also can be purchased in multiple copies for Hebrew, day school, and adult classes directly from the publisher.
The Ten Commandments Guidebook, ISBN 0970082525, by Michael Alan Ross, BostonWalks Publishers 2004. In paperback, 153 pages, list price: $19.95 (Wholesale purchase of 12 or more copies available at 40% discount.).
Contact information: BostonWalks Publishers, 50 Grove St., Belmont MA 02478, email: bostonwalks@hotmail.com, telephone: 617-489-5020.



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Now available!


The Ten Commandments Guidebook

Ways to Self-Struggle with Classic Morals

In Song, Poetry, and Prose

Covers 10 Commandments Plus One Other!

Softcover 153 pages with practical suggestions pages!

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Book Order Form
to order now!






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