(c) 2000 Dr Hendel; 1st appeared in Torah Forum (c) Project Genesis

Date: Sun, 7 May 2000 21:41:31 -0400 (EDT)
From: Russell Hendel <  rhendel@mcs.drexel.edu>
Subject: Re: Embracing the Torah

Isn't it true that Judaism does not emphasize reward and punishment
Isn't it true that the important thing is performance of commandments
and not an emphasis on the spiritual world?

Actually we should mention the explicit verse Jer 16:11 "They have deserted
me AND forsaken my commandments" The Talmud wryly notes "If only when
deserting G-d they don't desert the commandments". In other words there is
a view that if people don't believe in G-d but do the commandments then
there is the potential that they may come back to belief in G-d

Russell Jay Hendel; Phd ASA; RHendel@Towson.Edu
Moderator Rashi is Simple, http://www.shamash.org/rashi/