This article incorporated material that I first learned with Rabbi Dr. Yochanan Muffs (June 3, 1932 – December 6, 2009) at the Jewish Theological Seminary. I was looking to find a rationale for the mitzvot that saw them as a means to an end and not an end in themselves. I utilized the literal conceits of a parable and a commentary on the parable along with a section which is a straightforward exposition of my perspective. The parable is constructed around the liturgy of the Shema and its blessings.
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