Va Etchanan – Transcending the Strange and Foreign

The Ten Commandments strangely begin with an an ancient Egyptian word, Anochi, meaning ‘I’, referring to G-d. Why begin with a foreign word from an idolatrous society? To teach us that the Torah transcends all peoples and circumstances and has the power to elevate every aspect of life. There is no separation of religious and secular. All is One. And it must permeate the most seemingly secular aspects of our everyday lives – ‘Anochi’ being the source of an integrated whole.