Holiness=Imperfection

Many people do not realize that Moses actually received the Ten Commandments twice.  If he did not receive them a second time, we would have no commandments.  The first set was destroyed, thrown to the ground by an outraged Moses after he discovered that his people had given up on God and were worshipping an idol.  This week, we read about the destruction of the first set of commandments and the receiving of the second set.  The second set was placed inside the famous ark that sat in the heart of the desert sanctuary and eventually in the heart of the ancient Temple in Jerusalem.  Legend has it that the original set, the set that was shattered by Moses, was also placed in the ark – along with the whole, intact second set. For centuries, many have wondered why the shattered fragments of the first tablets containing the 10 Commandments…