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7. The First Exception

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April 27, 2014 | by Rochelle Lev and Rabbi Benjamin Blech

Without God in the picture, morality is relative.

PREPARATION

Required Reading Understanding Judaism, p. 64-78

 

WORKSHOP

(1) Give two examples of instances where mitzvot between Man and Man take precedence over those between Man and God?

(2) Why do mitzvot between Man and Man take precedence over those between Man and God?

(3) Having established that the mitzvot between Man and Man are the more important, why do those between Man and God appear first?

(4) What is the difference in motivation between a "good person" with God, and a "good person" without God?

(5) Why is the one who fulfills a mitzvah when commanded, greater than the one who is not commanded? What is the significance of Prager's son's response to his question about looting?

(6) How does Rav Soloveichik's experience highlight the need for God on the first tablet?

(7) What is the significance of the first and last words of the Ten Commandments?

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