Friday, 30 November 2007

Recent Poll Results re: Original Purpose of Torah

Originally published 11/30/07, 1:16 PM, Eastern Daylight Time.
Our recent poll produced the following Results:
For Which Principle Purpose Did God Give the Torah to Israel?
  1. To Provide a Common Historical Narrative 0 (0%)
  2. To Bring About the Messiah (4%)
  3. To Justify Israel's Right to its Homeland 0 (0%)
  4. To Provide a Basis for Humans to Relate to God 11 (50%)
  5. To Provide a Roadmap for Self-Perfection 2 (9%)
  6. To Provide Israel with a Constitution 0 (0%)
  7. To Promote a Just and Holy Society 6 (27%)
  8. To Provide a Text for Religious Instruction (4%)
  9. To Make Israel Unique (4%)
As I see it, [aisi] the original purpose is stated in the Torah itself, just before the giving of the so-called "10 commandments". I construe this as analogous to the US Constitution's Preamble.

Can any0ne "guess" as to which verse I refer?


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