Abraham didn’t Need Torah. Why do We?

Rabbi Moshe Ben-Chaim

Reader: I heard—according to Rambam—that Abraham did not have the Torah; Abraham relied on reason. So why do Jews today need the Torah when reason “can do it” like it did for Abraham?

Rabbi: Most people today are not on Abraham’s level; Torah is required. Furthermore, originally, God’s plan was that man use his well-equipped mind to recognize God, arrive at truths and act morally. But man regressed, idolatry became rampant, societies became immoral, and a Torah system was now required for mankind. Therefore, due to both cultural and intellectual compromises, Torah is required.