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It is obvious that murder is wrong. It should be equally obvious that meaning is essential to human existence. Faith based "only" on the Ten Commandments would keep us from harming others. It would eliminate the worst of what one person can do to another. It would teach us about meaning and trust. It would also impel us to think deeply about the role of our faith, and of the time we spend on God which is what Shabbat is all about.

from destructive behavior. These two positive commandments, by contrast, point us toward meaning. They offer us purpose and commitment.

June 19, 1999By RABBI DAVID BOOTH Guest Columnist

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We tend to focus on the negative commandments in the Ten. Do not murder, do not commit adultery, and do not covet are important precepts upon which just society is based. Without them, we would degenerate into something that was "nasty, brutish, and short," according to Thomas Hobbes, a 16th century English political philosopher.

Two of the three positive commandments in the Ten are "ritual" matters. We are commanded to accept God and to observe the Shabbat, or Sabbath, along with honoring our parents. All the others are things we refrain from doing to keep us away Nike Shoes For Women 2017 Price

practice, the commandment to observe Passover in Exodus 12. The question is an artificial one because they understood the logic of starting with the story of Creation. They wanted to emphasize their belief that required behavior, not stories, as the true center of biblical religion.

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Such moral Nike Shoes Red Black And White imperatives are the glue that binds our sometimes destructive urges. Yet the negatives by themselves are insufficient.

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´╗┐Base Religion On 'Only' The Ten Commandments

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act than what you believe. The rabbis of classical times concerned themselves with faith, but felt that right belief comes through right action. Better to be charitable from a sense of obligation than to feel loving and charitable toward one neighbor but not give. They believed that the helpful caring contact required by Jewish law would ultimately lead to an experience that would teach the tremendous value of helping others. Right belief would flow from right action.

A distinction between moral and ritual is foreign to the Bible. Moral and ritual commandments are identical. They are right because they reflect the order of the Universe. Their true observance would bring us much closer to ideal human society.

In receiving the Ten Commandments, we receive the summary of all biblical practice. The rest is simply working out the details. How many times have you heard that it ought to be enough to "just" observe the Ten Commandments? The question implies that if we "only" followed the Ten Commandments, all the meaningless "other" stuff would disappear. The question assumes a distinction between "moral" and "ritual" practice. It would be good if we kept the moral but got rid of the ritual except the Ten Commandments include both "moral" and "ritual" together with no distinction.

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