These are the rules that you shall set before them EXODUS 21:1 (The Israel Bible™)

Following the giving of the Ten Commandments, the Torah discusses numerous civil laws dealing with honest and ethical business practices and interpersonal relationships. These laws precede the dictates regulating our relationship with Hashem, teaching us that religion demands not just belief, but ethical conduct as well. In fact, there is an oft-quoted adage, “derech eretz kadma laTorah” (דרך ארץ קדמה לתורה), which means that ethics precedes the written letter of the law.Until this day, Jews around the world, regardless of their stream of Judaism, place significance on leading a moral and ethical life.

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