Philosophy of Mitzvot

Sons of Aaron - Do it "My Way" – Why are there so many rules in Judaism? Can’t I just “do it my way?” More »
Learning and not Observing – I am a woman who was a Reform Jew my entire life and have begun Jewish learning over the past few years. Now that I am learning, I am feeling bad about some things I’m not observing. For example, I… More »
Kosher Bacon Bits – I have recently begun keeping kosher, and had a philosophical debate with a friend who does not. I want to use soybean "sausage and bacon" products that have kosher symbols, because as long as they're kosher, why not? But my… More »
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Principles

Color Blind – I understand that every phenomenon in our physical world has a corresponding message in the metaphysical world. Could you please tell me why some people are color blind, and what this indicates in a spiritual sense? More »
Ba’al Teshuva, Convert – Which Customs to Follow? – My parents are Jewish but I grew up with almost no observance in my home. In fact, I would have to go back several generations to find religious ancestors. I began becoming religious as an adult and I have generally… More »
Being a Good Jew – I am 50 years old and am on a path back to the Judaism that I was raised with, but unfortunately abandoned for so many years. I am asking lots of people this question, and now I'll ask you: How… More »
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613 Mitzvot

613 Mitzvot – What is the earliest reference to the Torah having 613 mitzvot? Where does this list come from? This is a matter of dispute here in South Africa, where a radio talk show host made some inaccurate statements about Judaism by… More »

Punishments

Big 3 Cardinal Sins – I am intrigued by which of the "Big 3 mitzvahs" a Jew is expected to give his life for rather than transgress. What exactly are they, and where do they come from? More »
Cruelty of Capital Punishment – I have heard people claim that the death penalty of the Torah was barbaric, and man has progressed since that time, which is why it is no longer done. It doesn’t sound right to me that laws of the Torah… More »
Egyptian Children Punished for Parents' Sins? – In the Book of Exodus, God indicates that He will slay all the Egyptian first-borns if Pharaoh will not allow the Israelites to leave. Why should the son suffer for the sins of the father? This contradicts the normal concepts… More »
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