Friday, July 22, 2005

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Why All The Small Actions?

Many wonder, why is Judaism so minutely involved in all the little details of life, all the personal actions? Aish.Com had this nice entry (from the Jewish Ethicist)...

Jewish tradition, with its strong emphasis on concrete practice rather than abstract faith, is particularly insistent on the need to choose habits and an environment that are conducive to human growth. One of the most famous statements of this is the explanation in the classic Sefer Hachinukh (THe Book of Mitzvah Education) that practical commandments are necessary because "the heart is drawn after the actions." Rather than commanding a particularly sentiment or character trait, the Torah influences us by accustoming us to acts and experiences which will in turn cultivate an enlightened outlook.

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