“See … I set before you blessing and curse” (Deut. 11:26).

You can’t be “most law-abiding.” A person is considered a criminal even if he rigorously observes every law except one (a murderer who has never committed fraud or burgled a home is still a criminal!).

Basically, life is about stark choices, about black and white; gray is remarkably rare. Sforno interprets Deut. 11:26 well: “Behold, I have put before you two extreme opposites. … If you do not choose the path that leads to blessing, you have [by default!] chosen the path that leads to curse. There is no middle ground.” You can’t be “somewhat blessed”!

The path of blessing—though a “narrow bridge”—is the right choice. Rejecting that, you’ve chosen (by default!) the accursed path: broader, ever downhill—starkly, diametrically, opposite.

—written by Rabbi Kenneth Weiss, 2003

Did God make a perfect world? If not, how are human beings supposed to be perfect in their choices?

Are there religious choices that are clearer than choices we face every day?