BITESIZE TORAH – RABBI SAM TAYLOR
The Ten Commandments, featured for the first time in Exodus chapter 20, is the Torah reading for the first day Shavuot which you can listen to on the WMA Facebook page. Our Sages tell us that the first five commandments are between man and G-d whereas the last five are between man and man. If this is the case then commandment number five, honouring our parents, seems to be misplaced since one would assume that it is a commandment between man and man.
The reason for this commandment being in the first five commandments is that the parent – child relationship is a metaphor for the human relationship with G-d. From the moment of infancy, the way a parent acts toward their child, forms in the child’s consciousness a paradigm for how G-d relates to us. The primary role of a parent is to communicate to the child that he or she is loved and cherished, cared for and protected. This is also how G-d cares about and relates to each and every one of us.