It seems to me there are many small rituals, my question is what is the sense in requiring them? Why would the God of the universe worry about such small things, and ignore much larger items.
- Worries about circumcision but ignores slavery?
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Rituals remind us of the sacred and are often re enacting act of GOD, they remind us of what GOD has done and point us towards GOD on a daily, weekly, and annual time schedule.
For a great book on this topic see "The Sacred and the Profane" by Mircea Eliade.
But GOD is not more concerned with ritual than whether we love Him and our neighbors. Case in point is Amos 5:21 and following...
"I hate, I despise your religious feasts; I cannot stand your assemblies. Even though you bring me burnt offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring peace offerings, I will have no regard for them. Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the noise of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never failing stream!"