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Ten Commandments
Dr. Laura's New Book The Ten Commandments
September 9, 1998
Dr. Laura's new book the Ten Commandments will be released on the 9th of September.

Everybody knows the Ten Commandments, right? Let’s see: There’s something about stealing, lying, murdering…ah…but that’s only three…what are the rest? More people claim to live by the Ten Commandments than seem to know what they are, let alone what they mean. And in this modern, jet-propelled, nuclear, genetic-engineered world, how important are they?

Each day we make innumerable decisions about things that don’t really seem earth-shattering in importance. So what if we break a promise? So what if we are to be married but find passion in another bed? So what if we are too focused on work, TV, or clubs to spend time with the family? In The Ten Commandments, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, America’s “Mommy” and the conscience of talk radio, reminds us that it is in everyday decisions that we give meaning to our lives or diminish it; and she shows us why adhering to the higher ideals and consistent morality found in the Commandments can create a life of greater purpose, integrity, value, and lasting joy.

The Ten Commandments are the first direct communication between a people and God. Designed to elevate our lives above mere frantic, animal existence to the sublime levels humanity is capable of experiencing, they are the blueprint of God’s expectations of us and His plan for a meaningful, just, loving, and holy life. Each of the Ten Commandments asserts a principle, and each principle is a moral focal point for real-life issues relating to God, family, sex, work, charity, property, speech, and thought. These principles, and the Commandments they are based upon, are as relevant today as they were in Biblical times.

Written in collaboration with Rabbi Stewart Vogel, The Ten Commandments is a modern application of God’s laws, incorporating lively discussion on the Bible and the Judeo-Christian values derived from it. Filled with passion, emotion, and provocative, profound insights, The Ten commandments will move, enlighten, inspire, educate, and entertain you. You won’t be able to look at even mundane moments in your life the same way again.

Dr. Laura Schlessinger received her Ph.D. in Physiology from Columbia University in New York. She holds postdoctoral certification and licensing in Marriage and Family therapy and has taught at the University of Southern California and Pepperdine University. Currently, she hosts her own internationally syndicated radio program in which she “preaches, teaches, and nags” about morals, values, and ethics. Dr, Laura Schlessinger lives in Southern California with her husband, Dr. Lewis Bishop, and their son, Deryk; all of whom completed their Orthodox conversion to Judaism in 1998.

Rabbi Stewart Vogel is the spiritual leader of Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills, California. For twenty years he has been involved in interfaith work and was honored by the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Rabbi Vogel is the past president of the Rabbinical Assembly-Western Region and is widely recognized as a dynamic speaker, teacher, and synagogue leader. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Rodi, and their four children.
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September 24, 1998
Dr. Laura will be siging books on September 24 at 7:00pm at Vroman's in Pasadena, CA.
<Picture>Dr. Laura's New Book
Due out September 9, 1998
The Ten Commandments

1. I am the Lord, your God, Who has taken out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery
Acceptance of God as the ultimate author of morality and meaning of life.

2. You shall not recognize the gods of others in My presence
Beware of idolatry. Attaining money, power, stimulation, professional success, and accumulating possessions, while legitimate pursuits, are not the ultimate purpose of life.

3. You shall not take the Name of the Lord, your God, in vain
How we acknowledge or deny God and godliness through our words and deeds.

4. Remember the Sabbath day to sanctify it
Recognize the value of time by refocusing on the most important elements of life: family, obligations to others, prayer, kindness, justice, and decency.

5. Honor your father and your mother
The obligation to parents reinforces the concept of treating others responsibly in spite of sentiment or situation.

6. You shall not murder
Each human being is the essence of uniqueness, yet equally created in God’s image. Not only can a life be physically taken, but demoralization and humiliation can kill our souls.

7. You shall not commit adultery
Sexual relations are made special and holy through a covenantal marriage. The honoring of commitments provides the family stability necessary for individual growth and health, community peace, and societal welfare.

8. You shall not steal
Respecting the property and reputation of others provides mutual safety, peace and prosperity.

9. You shall not bear false witness against your fellow
While we should keep far from falsehoods, knowing when information could or should be shared can make the difference between destroying and helping others.

10. You shall not covet
Desire for the possessions of others destroys relationships and leads us to violate the other Commandments.

Chapter Four

"Remember the Sabbath day to sanctify it. Six days shall you work and accomplish all your work; but the seventh day is Sabbath to The Lord, your God; you shall not do any work--you, your son, your daughter, your servant, your animal, and the stranger within your gates--for in six days The Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and He rested on the seventh day. Therefore, The Lord blessed the Sabbath day and sanctified it."

Gimme More Time

The following poem, author unknown, is a poignant reminder of the value of time:

To realize the value of ONE YEAR Ask a student who has failed his final exam. To realize the value of ONE MONTH Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby. To realize the value of ONE WEEK Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper. To realize the value of ONE DAY Ask a daily wage laborer who has ten kids to feed. To realize the value of ONE HOUR Ask a couple waiting for the wedding ceremony. To realize the value of ONE MINUTE Ask a person who has missed the train. To realize the value of ONE SECOND Ask a person who has survived an accident. To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND Ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.

How many times have you said, "I wish I had just a few more hours in the day"? The assumption is that, given more hours, you would accomplish everything you need to with less stress. But there is just as much chance that, given this wish, it would only mean two more hectic hours to live through in a given day. Perhaps we should actually be wishing for a shorter day, in which the crazy pace of our lives is limited to fewer hours.

As Renay, one of my listeners, wrote: "I feel like my problem with time is that I have gotten into a bad habit of filling every minute of my time with something I think absolutely must be done and now I will not allow myself down time without feeling like I should be doing something. I am always exhausted from overworking myself that I am cranky and stressed out and I am not much fun to be with." Ironically, this manic White Rabbit (from Alice in Wonderland) behavior and attitude has become more and more an issue as modern technology has become a ubiquitous reality. Technology promised us modern conveniences that would make our lives easier, but in the workplace, computers, faxes, and cellular phones have increased the pace of work rather than diminished it. It is no longer possible to delay a deadline by saying that the proposal is in the mail, because they can ask for a fax to be sent immediately. Prior to cellular phones, driving in a car could be a time for music, catching up on the news, intimate discussions, or hearing a book on tape. Lunch in a restaurant could not be interrupted by the ringing of supersmall cellular phones. Working hours have now been extended by many people to include commuting time. In the home, washing machines, dishwashers, and microwave ovens have, in fact, made life easier. Yet it seems as if time follows the rule that nature abhors a vacuum, because whenever time is sav ed, it is spent somewhere else. Though people may be spending less time on housework, they are spending more time schlepping their children from one activity to another. Children are also overprogrammed, with fewer hours of free time for play or contemplative quiet time.

One can only deduce that we avoid free time because we don't value it as worthwhile. If we are not busy doing, we must not have important things to do. Indeed, time has also become a way of evaluating a person's professional worth. The term "9 to 5 job" often refers to tedious, basic employment. During the last century, first "downsizing," then "rightsizing," posited that fewer people could do the same amount of work. What wasn't emphasized was that the remaining people would be working harder as the price for keeping their jobs.

We have bought into the idea that the busier you are, the more important your life is. A recent book, Time for Life (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1997), surveyed ten thousand people and found that, after tracking their true working hours, they actually worked fewer hours than they thought. The survey found that people tend to overstate the number of hours they work because it elevates their professional status, which elevates their imagined self-worth.

Another report from the "Americans' Use of Time Project" at the University of Maryland (Los Angeles Times, December 11, 1996) agreed that there was a big gap between perception and reality in time use. If that's so, then why does it feel as if there's not a minute to spare? The report concluded, "A culture that promotes instant gratification also helps to explain why life seems more hectic than it is. 'We want everything fast--fast food, eyeglasses in an hour, drive-through banking. Internally, we feel rushed. And the more rushed someone feels, the more they feel pressed for time.'"

We live in a society in which the expression "time is money," credited to Benjamin Franklin, has come to refer to the importance of time. The only problem with this expression is that money cannot buy more time and cheapens the value of time. We forget that money can be replaced, but time cannot. We would be far richer as individuals and as a society if we were to say that "time is priceless." Then we might treat it with more respect.
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