Sometimes, there are things that really bother me about my religion. See, I think the Torah was essentially a system of laws. The stories matter only for their historical relevance (in asserting that the laws that were handed down have a place, and were appropriately handed down) and for the proposition that G-d is good, his wisdom absolute and that he chose us. If a story can also pass along a law (like Avraham and Bris Milah), then it’s doing double duty.
So here what I don’t like. When somehow, the religion and the rules that govern it are skewed out of proportion, and asserted as some sort of cosmic guide, relevant to things that seem overly mundane and ridiculous to be dealt with by a code of laws. For instance, I risk offending my shoes if, for whatever reason, I put the left one on before the right? Or heaven forbid they’re tied in the wrong order? What if I’m wearing loafers? Does the right shoe become sullen because he has no laces to be tied? Does it make everything OK for them if I take the shoes for a nice shine on my way to work?
Essentially, what I’m asking is, what the hell does the order of how I put my shoes on have to do with Torah Judaism? Why does the kitzur shulchan aruch even bother to deal with this? It seems like an awful waste of space, and worse yet, an adulteration and severe disrespect to the things the Torah does emphasize. (Not to mention having derived itself during a time when, for some reason, right was more important than left. Lefties were freaks. Somehow, of identical sides of a bilaterally symmetrical body, one became more important than the other. Huh?)
Moreoever, is there some cosmic significance to the order of how I cut my fingernails? Will I undo creation by cutting consecutive nails? Is this a lav for which I can get malkus? Why do respected rabbis and teachers even bother with this stuff?