willingly, thus cementing our relationship with Hakadosh BaruchHu.Rav Chasdai Crescas, 14
Century Spanish philosopher ofBarcelona, in his work
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has an interestingway of explaining this aggadata: He claims that the ideal state ofa believing person is to suspend all of his own intellectualfaculties and to accept the yoke of Torah. If a person
s iscontingent upon a miracle or a sound argument, ultimately thatperson has not fully embraced the Almighty. Only when we reacha level of acceptance of God whether or not we will it, has a truecovenant been attained.The problem with this approach in my humble view is that such acommitment, forged under duress, doesn
t work.Generally speaking when it comes to inculcating an individual or agroup of people with a given set of values and laws,
isassumed by behavioral psychologists to be the least effectivemethod for two reasons: 1) It is dangerous:
Those who have been forced to live their lives a certain way underduress often emerge psychologically scarred. Studies have beenconducted on autistic children in which