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- London, UK, Malkhut she'be'Assiyah
judaism says that there is no way of knowing which commandment G!D cares more about. this is epitomised by a talmudic principle which says that you shouldn't break off one commandment to do another. in other words, finish what you're doing first. it is also to be seen in the context of hillel's comment that the "golden rule" is the basis of Torah and that "all else is commentary". however, the *implications* of this are stated to be "now go and study". in other words, broad principles like ethics are all very well, but where we slip up is in the detailed application to the real world. religious law and principles are but one version of this. and, from my experience, the main benefit of religion (or at least judaism) is that people have looked at the scenarios in advance, so you are more likely to find something applicable. however, the main difference between the religious and ethical responses is that the first is focused on finding the most appropriate response to "make G!D happy", where as the second is based on individual or group considerations. it is not certain which of these is the "best" - this can only really be a matter of opinion.Jesus told us that the greatest commandment above all is love thy God with all thy heart and soul. the second most important commandment is love thy neighbour.
achnai, this is really not the case. ritual is a part of it, but "the world stands on three things, Torah, 'Avodah and Gemilut Hassidim". this statement allows for both observance (avodah) and righteous deeds (gemilut hassidim) to take place in the absence of "formal" law (Torah) - in other words, people have the capacity to behave properly even in the absence of the Law. the difference about judaism is that it postulates the Law itself as a theoretical ideal and only then "is centered around the observance of the law". this:In Judaism the ritual is all that religion is based on.
is, therefore, not the case either. if virtue can occur without Torah present (say, in the case of a hypothetical tribe in the amazon jungle) then it *can* "stand by itself". this is the explanation of the noachide covenant.Among these two great religions there is no place for virtues to stand by themselves.