THE precepts of the third class are identical with those which
we have enumerated in Hilkot de‘ot. Their use is evident; they are rules concerning
moral conduct by which the social relations of men are regulated. This is sufficiently
clear, and I need not dwell long on it. Know that some precepts prescribe certain
acts which are considered as arbitrary decrees without any purpose, but are nevertheless
the means of acquiring some moral principle. We shall explain every one of them
in its proper place. But of all those precepts which are mentioned in Hilkot de‘ot,
it is distinctly stated that their object is to inculcate good moral principles.