Principles and Laws that Reflect the Triumph of Life

Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg

Part 3

The primary concept underlying Jewish ritual and ethics is that in every human behavior in life and at every moment, there is a choice between life and death. The Torah commands that we “choose life.” That is the meaning of doing good. The definition of good behavior is to maximize life elements and minimize death or decay outcomes in every action. The religious calling is to consider, in advance, every life action/behavior and shape it to this end.