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responsible for its action as a Nation. As the Rabbis put it, "Every Jew has a responsibility towards
every other Jew". (Shavuot. 39a) If any Jew neglects his responsibilities, the Jewish nation as a whole
Performance and observance of the commandments distinguishes us from other religions and
other peoples. Most other religions consist of a particular or series of beliefs and some sort of worship
of a deity. The Jew is completely different. We have many commandments directly from God, which
we are obliged to perform. For example, to a Jew, the payment of wages to an employee on time is not
just the correct and decent thing to do but a direct God given Torah commandment. (Deut Ch. 24 V. 14-15)
These commandments are further divided into three categories. The first category is called
“Mishpatim” which is third in the wise son’s question. They are laws that all civilized people will
recognize and which are necessary for a regulated and civilized life. For example, among them are the
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