Thought, Speech, and Action: Connecting to the Commandments
See Romans ; Galatians Of course, this is not to say that the Talmudic rabbis were Christians, but it is to say that when Paul boiled everything down to the just living by faith, he was in good company. Sign Up or Login to post comments. Are There Really Commandments in the Torah?
Posted Jan 15, by Michael L. Why the Conspiracy Theorists How We Can Help Celebrity Donald Trump, the Champion of Beware the Snare of Superstar Make Israel Normal Again? Killing the Unborn, Some Good News on the Front Are These the Israeli Vimeo Removes Videos Because Is Suicide the Unpardonable Please, Not the Gay Penguins No Easy Answers to the I Lost an Old Friend Because Would Paul Be Politically Why Does Separation of Church It seems that even God recognized that the Jews had a choice in the matter — and was clearly hinting at the right choice.
Who came up with this "613 Mitzvot"?
But why should the biblical Israelites have bothered to accept and observe the mitzvot? After God rescued the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt , God expected that the Israelites would in turn observe the mitzvot in eternal, loving gratitude for this redemption. Yet, gratitude only goes so far, especially when it comes to observing such commandments as keeping kosher dietary laws or Shabbat resting and not working on the Sabbath day.
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And it is not just mitzvot that we are talking about! Even after the historical era of the Hebrew Bible, generations of rabbis continued to update, adapt, and generate new, more modern commandments — all understood to be derived from the original in the Torah. Mitzvot deal with every aspect of how one should go about leading a Jewish life.
The Torah generally explains that the Jewish people should observe the mitzvot simply because God commanded us to do so, or because of the potential negative consequences that would result from non-compliance. Other thinkers have endeavored to prove that the mitzvot are all completely rational, logical actions which any moral and ethical people would welcome.
Some people observe the mitzvot because it helps them to identify and feel a part of the larger Jewish community, others because they believe themselves to be commanded to do so, and still others simply because it is pleasurable, a joy, to celebrate the Jewish holidays and home rituals. In the final analysis, the mitzvot are a uniquely Jewish approach to living a holy life in this world.
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