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"Mitzvot are outdated and unimportant providing you are a good person"

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"Mitzvot are outdated and unimportant providing you are a good person". Discuss. The statement "mitzvot are outdated and unimportant providing you are a good person" is one which raises many different points and opinions. Some people may agree with the statement. I can understand this because it could be argued that many mitzvot are not at all relevant to the modern society of today and therefore have little significance to us. For example, some people may claim that the law which prohibits driving on Shabbat is irrelevant in the present day because in the past there were not many (if any) cars, also synagogues tended to be closer to home. ...read more.

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Moses Maimonides says "...the purpose of the laws of the Torah is to promote compassion, loving kindness and peace in the world." He is saying that by learning and keeping the mitzvot, this make it possible for one to become a truly 'good person' and that without keeping them, you cannot be one. Mitzvot help to perfect the world through ethical monotheism. In fact, the term 'good person' is frequently misused today. The general assumption is that the meaning of this expression is, 'someone who doesn't hurt anybody.' However this person is not a good one, they are simply somebody who is not bad. Being a truly good person today involves the active pursuit of G-d. ...read more.

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What's more, mitzvot help to regulate and organise the Jewish religion and ensure that Jews are always doing the right thing at the appropriate time and place. The mitzvot integrate stability and structure into out lives and without them, people could potentially run riot. They make the religion easier to follow. Also, with all Jewish people keeping the same mitzvot, this provides us with a sense of community. In conclusion I disagree with the statement that "Mitzvot are outdated and unimportant providing you are a good person" because although they were written thousands of years ago, they still serve the same purpose today. They provide us with the fundamentals for living in a structured, moral and ethical society and besides this they are vital for us to become good people. ?? ?? ?? ?? Daphna Starr ...read more.

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