Discuss the traditional Jewish understanding of the significance and purpose of the law or Torah for Jewish life.

Write a two-paged paper (typed, double-spaced) on ONE of the following topics. Do not write on more than one topic per religion. The purpose of these papers is to encourage you to engage in some critical thinking about the subject matter we are studying. You are being asked to go beyond a simple informational level, to evaluate the ideas presented to you, and, in some instances, to draw a comparison to your own cultural situation.Papers will be graded on grammar, clarity of thought, structure of argument, and creativity in evaluating and applying the ideas presented to new situations. It’s okay if you go over two pages, but please do not go over three.Paper topic #1Discuss the traditional Jewish understanding of the significance and purpose of the law or Torah for Jewish life. How is it possible that submission to a code of laws (halakhah) can be seen not as a burden but a great joy? What benefits does it produce? In what ways might obedience to the law be liberating? How might it produce a fuller humanity?