Philosophy of Mitzvot
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What is a Mitzvah? What is a Mitzvah?

What is a Mitzvah?

Every commandment is an opportunity to build a relationship with God.

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Reasons for Commandments

Reasons for Commandments

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Exploring the meaning of the Jewish laws elevates their performance to an act that makes a spiritually significant impact on our lives.

The Value of Life

The Value of Life

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Would you be willing to murder one innocent person if it would guarantee the cure for cancer? What if that one innocent person were ninety years old?

Why Are There Commandments?

Why Are There Commandments?

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The big picture of all those details.

God Is in the Details

God Is in the Details

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Why do Jews obsess about details, and why do we need so many mitzvot anyway?

When the Holidays Are Over

When the Holidays Are Over

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The most important days of the year are about to begin.

Why Are There So Many Rules In Judaism?

Why Are There So Many Rules In Judaism?

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What's wrong with having some fun?

Rational Belief

Rational Belief

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Should acceptance of the Torah be based more on evidence, or more on faith? The answer: It depends.

The Commandments: Part One

The Commandments: Part One

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Understanding the origin and obligation of mitzvot.

The Commandments: Part Two

The Commandments: Part Two

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Understanding the reason behind the mitzvot.

Don't Add or Subtract

Don't Add or Subtract

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The mitzvot are immutable.

The Restriction Prescription

The Restriction Prescription

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Is less really more? Why does Judaism have so many restrictions?

Beyond the Rules

Beyond the Rules

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How Judaism is a vehicle for spiritual self-expression.

The Rules of Halacha

The Rules of Halacha

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Jewish law is determined through an exacting process of metaphysical science, handed down from Sinai.

Growth Through Rules

Growth Through Rules

by Louis Renaldo

From reductionism to Judaism: A convert describes his path to Jewish observance and spiritual fulfillment.

613 Obstacles to Individuality

613 Obstacles to Individuality

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Doesn't adherence to Jewish Law make us all clones?

The Jewish Court System

The Jewish Court System

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Qualifications for a Jewish judge and the operation of the Sanhedrin.

Judaism and Martyrdom

Judaism and Martyrdom

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Understanding those extraordinary times when a Jew must give his life for God.

Faith vs. Law

Faith vs. Law

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It's the age-old dispute between Judaism and Christianity, what reigns supreme: Faith or Law? Judaism maintains that without the law, ethics and morality wither.

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