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Our Sages have said that we have been given many commandments to help us try and reach a
higher and higher degree of Holiness. If I understand him correctly, the great biblical commentator of
modern times, Samson Raphael Hirsch said on Deut. Ch. 7 V. 12, that the Jewish people, keeping the
‘Chukim’, the statute commandments, the ones that we cannot understand by using our rational minds,
and which were given with all the others at Mt Sinai, are the warp and weft of the spiritual realm
which in conjunction with the physical world and the mundane world keep the universe on an even
keel. Without the Jewish people obeying God’s Chukim, that is the commandments which to us, seem
to have no reason or basis, the whole world will fall into chaos. (Jer. Ch. 33 V. 25. Eth. Ch. 1 V. 2).
With the destruction of the Temple some of these Chukim are in abeyance so that we cannot
at the present time fulfill many of the commandments in that category. Because of this, is the balance
of the world somehow incomplete? The harmony, which w...
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