The Ten Commandments

Can you name them? In order?

Comments (48)

(47) Cantor Jeri Robins, March 30, 2014 2:40 PM

Love this video ... but not crazy about the patch for #5

I love this video as an educator and have taught the mnemonic to sixth graders for a few years. However, I adapt the mnemonic for Kibood Av v'Em to be when you honor your parents, they will give you a high five rather than when you are disrespectful you will get a potch. Todah Rabbah!

Mike, December 25, 2014 6:37 PM

perhaps even better

Perhaps it would be better to say: You honor your parents and you get a high five
to stay positive
the reward should always be greater than the punishment
never know what also happens in the kids life and we wouldn't want him to associate something negative with Torah

(46) howiefine, July 18, 2013 6:36 AM

Fantastic !

Wonderful ! I will pass them on to my grandchildren. Thank you.......Now how do you live the laws ? Torah ?

(45) Alex, June 25, 2012 1:51 AM


needed it for exams:) did perfect, thank you!

(44) alyssa, February 1, 2010 12:16 AM

this is a great vidio i was so upset that i didnt know the condmants but now i do thanks to you!!!

thankyou so much for the vidio it made me happy to no the ten condments

(43) Ira, November 8, 2009 4:34 PM

5th graders and their parents love it

I used the video to create a study sheet (crediting Lori Platanik, of course) and the 55 fifth graders I teach at an afternoon Hebrew school loved it as did their parents. Two weeks later I gave a written test and the overwhelming majority got 100%. Please keep these types of videos coming.

(42) Iris Moskovitz, July 23, 2009 12:21 AM

A really great video

Where were you when I needed to know this years ago in day school? I will surely teach this trick to my daughters when they will need to know this information on a chumash test in the near future, I"YH. Thanks again.

(41) benny lee, July 8, 2009 11:39 AM

man these mnemonics are great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i only listened to it once and i knew it off by heart thank you very much LORI u da best!!!!!!!!!

(40) Sally, May 16, 2009 2:00 PM

absolutely amazing!!

i am only 13 and needed to knw the 10 commandments for a RS test and then i watched the video, and i knew them! THANK YOU. xx

(39) Anonymous, January 4, 2009 6:04 PM

This really works for me :)

Other mnemonics I've come across aren't as visual, and for me I really need something to picture in my mind, or I won't be able to remember. This works beautifully!

(38) G.M. Grena, September 20, 2008 7:00 PM

Got 'em! Thanks!

Too bad you can't teach every child in the world this simple, helpful memory-tool!

(37) Anonymous, September 10, 2008 6:33 PM

Awesome Fun!!

Dear Lori Your 10 commandments where so much fun to watch and learn!!! I really really enjoyed it! You are such a great Teacher! Thank you very much.

(36) G.M. Grena, September 7, 2008 5:56 PM

I Forgot #3

One week after viewing your video, I couldn't remember a few of your mnemonics, but I knew the commandments by other means except for one ... the 3rd one. I couldn't remember "Oh my God", but after I cheated, & looked at my Bible, I thought of a better way to remember that it's the one about God's name. God = "G O D" (1 2 3). Three letters in God's name = 3rd commandment. I know that "God" isn't God's Hebrew name, but I think it will be easier for me to remember. I'll let you know next week!

(35) Jen, September 7, 2008 2:02 AM

Loved it!

Great Lor - Loved it! Love, Jen

(34) hannah fleshel, September 6, 2008 8:32 PM


I also use GIVS PMS KFC G= one G-d I= idolitry V= vain S= Shabbas P= honor parents M= murder S= Sexual immorality K= kidnapping (the real stealing) F= false witness C= Covet Definitely important to know the ten commandments. A lot of people think they keep the ten commandments but aren't. Hope this also helps. Keep up the great work Lori.

(33) keren, September 5, 2008 4:48 PM

You are a great teacher!

Teach kids--teach adults--you are a great teacher

(32) Anonymous, September 5, 2008 4:07 PM

Amazing, thank you Lori. I can't wait to show this off to people.

(31) Zev Roig, September 5, 2008 2:39 PM

There is only one word that can describe you... It's yours alone! FANTABULORRIFIC...You're a joy.

(30) Obidayah, September 5, 2008 1:24 PM

Old Dog Learns some new tricks!

WOW! An ol' dog can learn new tricks. Now I'll never forget 'em! Thanks from the deep South!

(29) Ericaq, September 5, 2008 7:48 AM

You made that so easy..

That is wonderful. You made remembering them so easy. Thank you.

(28) Jeff Rice, September 4, 2008 4:01 PM

Nice 2 cu

Hi Lori, Nice 2 cu .. I might not remember the good 10 cause my mind doesn't work that way but it was nice 2 cu. U guys come to Chicago. Love Jeff and Mariann

(27) jenny, September 4, 2008 3:05 PM

Great Explantion

Wow! simple ecplantion...easy to remember. thanks for sharing

(26) danielle, September 4, 2008 1:31 PM

you are truly an inspiration, keep these videos coming!

(25) Catherine, September 4, 2008 11:11 AM


WOnderful great and awesome!!! WOW!

(24) Anonymous, September 3, 2008 9:20 AM

Thank you!

Dear Rebbetzin Polatnik, Thank you! I want you to know I always look forward to listening to your short in length but far reaching in meaning lectures. I am a stay at home mom and my life is busy with many urgent things. Often I don't have time to listen to long lectures but I always have time to listen to you. Your short, practical and inspirational words clear the vision and allow me to focus my thoughts on the fact that it is a great honor and awesome responsibility of being a Jewish woman, wife, mother, etc.. May you and your family be blessed with all good! And may you continue to inspire and strengthen our Jewish Nation! love Devorah Malka

(23) ruth housman, September 3, 2008 8:22 AM

give me ten!

Hi, this was so charming and so easy to remember! Your eight did remind me of the book I have just finished and could NOT put down. It's called The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and in this case, I think you would agree, the book thief is a real charmer and beloved in so many ways. Eight is also, of course for infinity, and for DNA. And yes, handcuffs. And it's also for this year, still 2008. Make it good! This little piece is so sweet. PS. This book, The Book Thief, which is so much about humanity during terrible times, namely The Holocaust, is so wonderful I cannot recommend it enough. So I hope some readers do pick this up and are transported as I was!

(22) Madeline McGilvray, September 3, 2008 1:50 AM

Wonderful way to remember

This comes from the other end of the earth Right down the bottom of NZ. That's wonderful Lori I'll teach that at school this Friday. Madeline

(21) rayo, September 3, 2008 12:53 AM

No 3 good to see

I am sick and tired of hearing nearly every program other than the news exclaiming 'Oh my God'. It wasn't too long ago that blasphemy was offensive and therefore banned. Are our community watchmen asleep !!!!! get back in the drivers seat and ban O M G. 'only say Oh my God if he is !! and if He is,, you won't '

(20) Ranee, September 2, 2008 8:51 PM


What a great way to try to remember the commandments and most of all an interesting way to teach them to children. Thank you for sharing! shana tova to you and the family. shalom

(19) Synde, September 2, 2008 6:46 PM


What an ingenious way to learn the 10 commandments! I thought this was so great that I taught it this way to my students. They remembered them right away. Thank you!!

(18) linda llewellyn, September 2, 2008 5:31 PM

The greatest commandment

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength and your neighbour as yourself. A nice way to learn the commandments. I will practice doing it.

(17) charlie salem, September 2, 2008 4:18 PM

can i turn this into a song

Hi I'd love to turn this into a song to use in our purim musical I would credit Lori as co writer and give her half the publishing, mechanicals, residuals etc... Would you be interested Regards Charlie Salem

(16) Anonymous, September 2, 2008 11:19 AM

Lori, Your're amazing

great presentation!

(15) judy, September 2, 2008 10:08 AM


cute mnemonic, but... how bout oh my goodness? it more than defeats the purpose to say G's name in vain in order to remember not to say it in vain.

(14) Ruby, September 2, 2008 9:38 AM

Very clever and practical

BS"D Thanks Lori. Your "almost live" presentation is a breath of fresh air. I'll remember the 10 commandments easier. Have a happy, healthy New Year with brachas and the ability to keep inspiring others.

(13) Lynda, September 2, 2008 9:28 AM


Pefect way to remember the 10 Commandments... Thank You Lori!

(12) Sherry, September 2, 2008 9:23 AM

todah raba

Wonderful way to remember. Great way to teach my students. Thank you very much.

(11) Susana, September 2, 2008 9:07 AM

Lori thanks so much for helping us to be better jews with each and every video!Love from Spain.

(10) Gil, September 2, 2008 9:07 AM

disagree with ninth commandment's interpretation

It states not to bear false witness vs your neighbor. Lying is more generic and at times it's a mitzvoth to lie e.g. to save a life by denying you know your neighbor's location to one who wishes to kill him. We do not accept Kantian rules of categorical imperatives without question. We are rabbinical Jews - not Torah Jews - we don't stone adulters or kill disobedient children. We are not fundamentalists.

(9) Skip, September 2, 2008 8:53 AM

Thank you

In just watching your video, I was able to memorize the 10 Commandments. Very Cool... thank you!

(8) Janis Kohlenberg, September 2, 2008 8:46 AM

A perfect way to teach children

I teach Sunday School to 5,6, and 7 year olds, and we discuss the commandments often. I have a colorful poster on the wall that I refer to, and this method will definitely be a help for the kids, as well as a fun way to try to remember. Thanks, Lori. I always look forward to your videos.

(7) Melissa, September 1, 2008 7:58 PM

Thank you

What a great way to teach anyone to remember the Ten Commandments! I'll definitely have to remember this one for my son.

(6) G.M. Grena, September 1, 2008 11:27 AM



(5) Bracha, September 1, 2008 5:16 AM

Wow! That's terrific!

That was terrific! I actually think I can retain that....could you do something like that for learning Hebrew? Chodesh tov!

(4) s, August 31, 2008 9:58 PM


very cute

(3) Judy, August 31, 2008 12:28 PM

thank you

you are the best. you make everything look so real. so simple so beautifully. I wish you were my neighbor.

(2) Mordechai, August 31, 2008 11:25 AM

Ten Sayings, Not Ten Commandments

Originally these 10 were said in our daily prayers, but our Sages removed them on account of those who mistook the 10 for the 613. There are actually 613 commandments and the English translation of Aseret HaDibrot is really "Ten Sayings." Unfortunately, there are many Jews I know who pride themselves on keeping the "Ten Commandments" when it is all 613 (or at least those that can be performed today) that G-d wants.

(1) Rosen, August 31, 2008 7:06 AM

very straight-fwd!

That was perhaps the most concise and straight-fwd video Lori has given. If only more people would abide by this, there would be less conflict in the world. Thanks for putting the 10 Commandments in context!


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