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The central benediction of the morning amida prayer on the sabbath reads as follows (in loose translation):

Moses… stood before You on Mt. Sinai. He brought down [from the mountain], by hand, two stone tablets, in which were written the safeguarding of the sabbath; and thus is written in Your Torah:

"The Israelites shall safeguard the sabbath, making it a covenant eternal, for their generations. Between Me and the Israelites it is a symbol forever …."

You didn't give it to other nations of the world …

It flows — kind of. It goes from "the tablets had safeguarding the sabbath" to a passage from Scripture about safeguarding the sabbath; that passage mentions the special bond between God and us, and we continue discussing that bond. Okay. But it seems there's a sharp turn between discussion of the tablets and the quotation from Scripture. You'd expect, after that intro about the tablets, to be presented with a quotation from the tablets. But no: the quotation is from elsewhere. So, yes, I see its relevance, but it still strikes me as odd. It seems kinda like saying "I was reading Mi Yodeya, it's a great site, has the best content, and I saw there the most wonderful thing about the exodus from Egypt, and some other site has this: the exodus was…". Are there any explanation offered of this oddity?

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    Doesn't it have to do something with the avoidance of the Ten Commandments in the liturgy due to minim? Though in the kiddush we use it... Commented Nov 11, 2018 at 19:52
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    It might be significant that the verse immediately after those quoted is וַיִּתֵּ֣ן אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֗ה כְּכַלֹּתוֹ֙ לְדַבֵּ֤ר אִתּוֹ֙ בְּהַ֣ר סִינַ֔י שְׁנֵ֖י לֻחֹ֣ת הָֽעֵדֻ֑ת...
    – b a
    Commented Nov 11, 2018 at 23:08

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