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soc.culture.jewish FAQ: Jewish Thought (6/12)
Section - Question 12.16: Why do Jews need organized religion or Jewish laws? Isn't it good enough to be a good person? How about gentiles?

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                                  Answer:
   
   Traditional Jews believe in absolute morality backed by G-d's
   authority, and liberal Jews tend to hold similar moral principles,
   even if doubting their divine origin. Thus, "good" implies "observes
   those moral principles that one is obligated to follow."
   
   According to Judaism, gentiles have seven categories of mitzvot that
   they must follow, and do not need Jewish law or organized religion.
   But it's their privilege to organize to worship, should they so
   choose. See the answer in [5]Section 12.19 for more information on
   these categories.

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