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Why Torah must be comprised of both a Written Law and an accompanying Oral Tradition.

The Source and Meaning of the Oral Torah

The Source and Meaning of the Oral Torah

13 Principles of Torah Elucidation - Lesson 1

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Rabbi Immanuel Schochet (1935–2013) wrote and lectured extensively on the history and philosophy of Chassidism and topical themes of Jewish thought and ethics. He was a renowned authority on Jewish philosophy and mysticism. He was rabbi of Cong. Beth Joseph, and professor of Philosophy at Humber College, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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August 1, 2013
I miss you so much Rabbi Immanuel Schochet!
Every one of your talks are always fascinating and most enjoyable to listen to. May Moshiach come now so we can see you and listen to you again in actuality!
Avraham Lehr
Dix Hills
July 10, 2012
Oral law
Rabbi, Your teaching is crystal clear, and has opened my eyes to why an oral torah is not a myth, but a fact! If you can convince me (an Assemblies of God pastor), you can certainly convince any religious skeptic. Great lectures.

G-d bless you.
Dr. John Nocera
Calhoun, LA
October 11, 2011
Accuracy of the Torah
Disagreements on the Torah are virtually nonexistent, certainly in comparison to the Christian doctrines. The "New Testament" is nearly 1700 younger than the Torah, and despite never going into exile like the Jewish people, and their ability to maintain centrality of the text, the Vatican, to ensure its accuracy, there are more than 30,000 different readings on 150 original Greek manuscripts of the Gospel of Luke (The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible). Meanwhile, 3300 years after its transmission, the Torah miraculously has only 9 spelling variants, which serve to have absolutely no effect on the meaning, for example, the words color and colour. This unequivocally shows that if one accepts the written Torah, like the story of Hillel, one must simultaneously accept the oral Torah as a fundamental part of tradition including concepts, laws, and instructions for reading the written Torah itself.
Anonymous
Lawrence, NY
August 28, 2010
Validity of the Oral Torah
The Oral Torah was given to Moses on Mt. Sinai. It was just that--passed down orally from generation to generation. When in the 1st century it became apparent that this teaching could be lost (with Diaspora) it was committed to written form. That aspect of torah (Mishna,) together with the sages commentary on it (Gemara) constitute the Talmud.
Moss Posner, M.D.
Fresno, CA
August 18, 2010
re inspiration
Subject to the rules of interpretation and the authoritativeness of the author's view, when the rules are followed, the rabbis' conclusion is fully authoritative to the point of BIBLICAL sanction by virtue of the Biblical laws to abide by the rabbis' decision and the prohibition not to veer there from. Metaphysically you can call it inspired, though it follows strict logical reasoning.
Rabbi Schochet
August 17, 2010
Inspiration
Is the oral Torah ever referred to by the ancient "writers" as inspired or did they see themselves as interprative writers? Or is there a difference in inspiration of the oral Torah and the written Torah. If so, and it seems that there is, where does the authority come from for following oral Torah as inspired?
Anonymous
Knoxville
August 17, 2010
Torah
Awesome dissertation, Now I understand the difference. THANK YOU Rabbi!
Edwin Axton
Stanwood, WA...
August 15, 2010
Lesson # 1 Oral torah
Well presented and very informative lesson. Finally a straightforward explanation of the oral torah.
Luther Nashman
bronx, ny USA
August 14, 2010
Forehead and Right Hand
When it is written "upon the forehead" - does it mean your brain? - as a example when you say a Rebbe has righteous memory - it is written there by our Father. And right hand - you are doing G-d's work? You are doing what G-d has commanded us to do?
Alethea
Margate, FL
August 12, 2010
13 Principles of Torah Elucidation
Thank you Rabbi! Visual aids helped me understand. Please continue the Outstanding job! Looking forward for the next lesson.
Anonymous
Millington, MI
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