Sinai And The Social Contract

10/07/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

The Torah explains that all of us were present to accept the Law at Mount Sinai (Deuteronomy 29:14). How can this be – if I was not physically present, let alone born, in what way was I present? And, barring a satisfying answer to that question, how can I be bound by a covenant that I didn’t make?

The covenant formed at Sinai is one of many social contracts created through the ages. Fotolia
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