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Commandments Philo o Believes we need to obey the commandments even if we understand the spirituality of them because we need to show how to do it and we want others to think we are good, moral people o Also, if we don’t practice the concrete expression of ideals then we will lose them; we must remember them every day. Given by the goodwill of God o If your heart is not in it – don’t do it Saadya o Commandments given by God’s grace for further rewards and happiness from union we can earn. o We can use reason to get to a place where we can defend the goodness of the commandments o Adultery – cannot honor mother and father if you don’t know who they are and where will the inheritance go? o Incest – lewdness that results from marrying mother, daughter, and sister there would be no boundaries at home. If people thought about attractiveness of people in the home they will do nothing else other than fuck o Kosher – never liken an animal to God o But ultimately happiness is better earned than given and the commandments are 613 more ways we can earn them For both o Need pure motivations and a sincere heart. o If your heart is not in it – don’t do it Free Will Strauss o There is free will but he doesn’t believe everyone can achieve moral wisdom o This is the enlightenment ideal – Cohen’s belief Philo o Believes that since God holds us responsible for our actions, there must be free will Saadya o 2 questions theologians ask If God is all powerful, how can he not tell us what to do?
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