As we approach the Jewish holiday of Shavuot this Saturday night, commemorating the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai, I throw out a controversial opinion: We over-emphasize our relationship with G-d, and undervalue our behavior with His creations. They ought to be pursued equally.
When a prospective convert comes to the pre-eminent Sage Hillel and says, "I will convert to Judaism if you teach me the entire Torah while I stand on one foot", what can Hillel possibly say? How do you summarize the central teaching of a 5,888 verse Torah? Is it fair to ask someone to distill the central point of their faith in a few words?