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Oral Law


What Does That Have to Do With the Price of Tea in China? | Dvar Torah Behar

This week we read the double parsha of Behar and Bechukosai. Behar mostly deals with the laws of Shmita, the Sabbath of the land, and Yovel, the Jubilee celebration every 50 years. The parsha begins with these words: “And God spoke to Moses at mount Sinai, saying: Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: When you come into the land which I…

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Rabbi J.H. Hertz’s Epic Introduction to the Talmud (with a little controversy mixed in)

I am indebted to Alan Brill of the Kavvanah blog for sharing this gem. One of my favorite topics and themes in Judaism is understanding the structure and methodology of the Talmud. I am constantly looking for more sources and studying, adapting and adjusting my understanding of the issues. Until I read the post on Kavvanah I did not know about the introduction to the…

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A really old Torah scroll

The Accuracy of the Written Torah

A really old Torah scroll I’m no scholar of ancient texts. But there are scholars of ancient texts. A large group of them has been studying the evolution of the text of the Tanach (the Jewish version of the Old Testament) for 53 years. It is important to note that the text we have today has remained virtually unchanged since the 11th century. It was…

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Essay: The Oral Law in Judaism

This essay was inspired by a recent post on DovBear. I have cross posted this post there as well. Head over there for more discussion. What follows is my understanding of The Oral Law and its transmission to us. This article does not attempt to validate or prove its transmission as fact, rather it explains just what is being transmitted when we refer to Torah…

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