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And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men ... But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you" (Matt 6:5-6). Before proceeding, let me digress to respond to these criticisms of public piety. These sayings by themselves contain both valid criticism of an excess of public piety but also a rejection of the life of Israel, the community.
The disciples simply state their own propositions in response to the master's question; the operative verse of Scrip- 42 NOT TO DESTROY VS YOU H A V E HEARD ture, Leviticus 19:18, is not quoted, but it is very present. " Now when I say that the message wins my confidence, but the form is jarring, you understand what I mean. In calling upon the Torah and explaining how a true understanding of its intent requires more than people now understand, Jesus' torah meets that challenge that sages set for themselves, which is not only to receive the Torah, but also to hand it on.
Then we hand on the task to those who come after us. It is what it means to be one in eternal Israel. 17 2 A Practicing Jew in Dialogue with Jesus And he went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people ... And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and from beyond the Jordan. Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him.