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Unformatted text preview: The Torah tells us what our relationships should be between man and wife, between
man and his neighbour, between man and his employer/ee it impinges on our social life how we
should treat the widow and orphan, how we should care for the poor and those unable to care for
themselves and so on and so forth and of course our relationship with the Almighty.
`In most cases, we do not have to rely on our own conscience to know how to act for the
good of society and in our relationship with God. Maimonides says that a person who behaves kindly
to another because it is his duty as it is laid out in the Torah is more worthy that the person who
behaves kindly because he is acting according to his own conscience (Maim. Guide to the Perplexed, and Ex.
Ch. 1 V. 17). The person who is naturally kindly, is acting in character, while the person who behaves
kindly because it says (love your neighbour as yourself) so in the Torah, is acting not necessarily
according to his own character and feeling, but is obeying God’s will. (Ex. Ch 1 V 17.)...
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This document was uploaded on 03/24/2014.
- Spring '14
- The Bible