Why Do So Few Mitzvos Pertain to City Dwelling?

There is a common question: why are Judaism’s laws (like contemporary society in Scripture) so livestock and agriculture-centric? There is no specific law against leaving the fields for the city, but if one wishes to observe more mitzvos, the farming and shepherding lifestyle is best (unless perhaps in Jerusalem at the time of the Temple).

Perhaps the answer lies in this quote:

The farmer was and remains the stumbling block to socialist experiments everywhere. Since he raises his own food and tends to live in his own house, he is less “controllable” than say, the urban dweller.

Liberty permits personal responsibility, a prerequisite to Judaism.

I must say, though, I doubt the historical accuracy of the above quote itself.

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