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On the Relationship of Mitzvot Between Man and His Neighbor and Man and His Maker 2014

Daniel Sperber

On the Relationship of Mitzvot Between Man and His Neighbor and Man and His Maker

Finalist:2014 National Jewish Book Award, Modern Jewish Thought and ExperienceThis study seeks to examine the relationship between the two major categories of commandments (mitzvot): ritual commands (between man and his Maker) and social interpersonal commands (between man and his neighbor).

It is argued here that when there is a clash between these two categories, and one cannot carry out both, the interpersonal mitzvot almost always override those of a ritual nature.

Different scenarios from a broad spectrum of Jewish law are cited to prove this contention, and the conclusion is underscored through the examination of the behavior and rulings of several leading Jewish legal authorities.

Finally, the implications of this conclusion and their impact on religious educational direction and rationale are also discussed.

Hardcover: 211 pages Publisher: Urim Publications (April 1, 2014) Language: English ISBN-10: 9655241459 ISBN-13: 978-9655241457 Shipping Weight: 1 pounds ()

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