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Morning Service

within your gates; for in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all that they contain, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

5. Honor[1] your father and your mother, that you may live long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

6. You shall not murder.

7. You shall not commit adultery.

8. You shall not steal.

9. You shall not testify falsely against your neighbor.

10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his servant, male or female, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that belongs to your neighbor.

THIRTEEN PRINCIPLES OF FAITH[2]

1. I firmly believe that the Creator, blessed be his name, is the Creator and Ruler of all created beings, and that he alone has made, does make, and ever will make all things.

2. I firmly believe that the Creator, blessed be his name, is One; that there is no oneness in any form like his; and that he alone was, is, and ever will be our God.

3. I firmly believe that the Creator, blessed be his name, is not corporeal; that no bodily accidents apply to him; and that there exists nothing whatever that resembles him.

4. I firmly believe that the Creator, blessed be his name, was the first and will be the last.


  1. כבד...The last six commandments are intended to safeguard a man's life, domestic relations, property and reputation.
  2. אני מאמין, like the poem Yigdal, is based on the Thirteen Principles in which Moses Maimonides (1135-1204) sums up his Jewish philosophy, namely: 1) There is a Creator, 2) He is One. 3) He is incorporeai. 4) He is eternal. 5) He alone must be worshiped. 6) The prophets are true. 7) Moses was the greatest of all prophets. 8) The entire Torah was divinely given to Moses. 9) The Torah is immutable. 10) God knows all the acts and thoughts of man. 11) He rewards and punishes. 12) Messiah will come. 13) There will be resurrection.