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What is the “literary” significance of the Giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai? The unique status and function of the Five Books of Moses within the biblical canon.

Lesson 1. What Torah Thinks of Torah

Lesson 1. What Torah Thinks of Torah

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Lesson 1. What Torah Thinks of Torah: Scroll Down - Part 1

What is the “literary” significance of the Giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai? The unique status and function of the Five Books of Moses within the biblical canon.
Five Books of Moses, Torah Books, Torah
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Ken Lewis Nashville Tn. July 18, 2016

Why is it you refer to the Israelite`s in Exodus as Jews Reply

Akiva Israel July 17, 2016

This should be mandatory material in all Jewish schools in the Western World! Reply

Chaya Mushka July 4, 2016

BS"D Baruch HaShem! Moshiach is surely close. This is brilliant! HaShem, thank you for this conduit which is bringing us closer to You and Your Torah! Baruch HaShem! Thank you Scroll Down Rabbi! Thank you, Chabad.org! Reply

Michael Chighel Jerusalem June 20, 2016

Which Hebrew script was used on the Tablets? The midrash from Shabbat 104a and Megilla 3 concerning the final mem (ם) and samech (ס) is indeed one problem. Another problem arises from the midrash about the crowns on the Hebrew letters (Menachot 29b).

In the Talmud itself (Sanhedrin 21b-22a) there are three different opinions regarding whether Moses's Tablets were inscribed with the ancient Paleo-Hebraic (Ktav Ivri) Alef-Bet that we no longer use.

1. According to Mar Zutra or Mar 'Ukba, the Torah was given to Moses in the Pale-Hebraic script on my joke-Tablets, and only later was given again to Ezra in the "Assyrian" or "exalted" script [Ktav Ashurit] that we still use today. Mar Zutra's opinion is supported by R. Yose and Rav Chisda.

2. According to R. Yehuda, the Assyrian script was the one used originally, falling into desuetude for a while, then returning into use with Ezra.

3. According to R. Shimon be Elazar, the only script ever used, without interruption, is the familiar Ashurit one.

Now it's true that the last opinion has won out among most later halakhic authorities. (e.g. Rambam, Comm. to Mishna, Yadaim 2:5; Teshuvot haGeonim 358) But of course all three opinions have scriptural foundations and are well-thought-through.

In any case, if I relied on the opinion of Mar Zutra, it is only for the very sublime videographic purpose of what's called a sight gag. Please don't read it as a halakhic psak. Reply

Anonymous Brooklyn June 19, 2016

If your doing this thru Chabad.Org can I rely on someone checking your stuff. It definitely is good, cute and well presented. My question is why you presented the Original Tablets as being written with a different Alpha-Bet than the one that it was written with. Although some claim that was the ancient Hebrew Alpha-Bet, it was really only the way Hebrew was written similar to the difference of script writing relative to print. It was not the Hebrew Alpha-Bet as inscribed in the Torah, nor on the Tablets. As proof: One of the well known details of the Tablets is that two letters of Alpha Bet stood Miraculously - the final mem and samech (ם & ס). If the Alpha-Bet of the Tablets would have been as you depicted, the "ancient" daled (which was a triangle) would also have to be mentioned as being Miraculously suspended on the Tablets. It wasn't because it was inscribed in the same Alpha-Bet we have today in which the daled (ד) needs no such miracle. Reply

Anonymous LAS VEGAS June 19, 2016

Brilliant! Thank you! Kol Hakavod! Reply

Anonymous June 13, 2016

B"H

May HaShem continue to bless you in your awesome endeavors! May He grant you continued enthusiasm and patience, as well. This was insanely entertaining and educational. So many people will benefit from the gifts you've been given! Reply

sue Kanata June 5, 2016

Presentation Wonderful! Reply

Edward Rubinstein June 4, 2016

So Refreshing I love the humor and the humanity with which you bring us these lessons. In fact, all of Chabad.org is simply a tremendous find and resource for me, as until I connected with Chabad, I'd pretty much given up on being Jewish. Thank you. Reply

Carlos Congote Toronto June 4, 2016

Fantastic Rabbi Chighel. Baruch Hashem.
I look forward to watching the next lesson. Reply

Joanne Toronto June 4, 2016

Loved this video. So talented. Smart. I love learning. This is a great way to do it. Very cool Reply

Judith Golden Hirschmatt, Switzerland June 4, 2016

Best teacher Thank you so much. You are a fantastic teacher - and so funny. I always find it easier to remember the funny stuff! You also have a wonderful voice, both speaking and singing. I am so grateful for this course. The quiz was a little bit fast for an old lady like me but I did it three times and finally managed to answer all the questions. Reply

Lisa M. Orangeburg June 3, 2016

Thank you so much for these teachings. You certainly made me smile and at the same time you taught me so much. I am looking forward to continuing this series. Blessings!
Lisa Reply

Diana Goss Fort Payne June 3, 2016

Gratefully learning! Thank you so much for these video lessons. They mean so much by helping me to learn from the beginning. Reply

Dominique UK June 3, 2016

Thank you Thank you for your clear and good-humoured explanations, a pleasure to watch. Shabbat Shalom Reply

Anonymous June 3, 2016

Excellent! This is excellent and fun to watch! Thank you so much for posting this! I look forward to next week's video. Reply

Karen June 3, 2016

Excellent! And again - Excellent! Much to be said for the wonderful absolutes of 'What Torah Thinks of Torah.' But - not at this time as contemplation has my attention...Todah Rabah for the clear and most wonderful time - effort - spirit - heart and soul that went into this presentation. :) Reply

Michael Chighel Jerusalem June 3, 2016

A Kingdom of Ministers The question of what God means by calling the Jewish people a "priestly nation" or a "kingdom of ministers" (Exodus 19:6) is not easy to address because of the heavy baggage that history has heaped on the concept of the "chosen people." Here too only a bare hint can be proffered. Does the verse mean that ideally, e.g. in a messianic era, then gentiles will do all the "chores" while the Jews will sit like "landlords" sipping Margaritas?

The simple answer is: No. And the simple proof screams out from the word *kohanim* in the verse. Kohanim are ministers. To whom do they minister? To humanity. Just as the class of Jews known as Kohanim minister to the rest of the Jews who are not Kohanim.

So, no. If anything, it's the other way around: Gentiles are landlords, and Jews must do the chores. And just as physicians deserve special "honors" for the chore of caring for the physical health of other human beings, those who are to care for the spiritual well-being of humanity are its "priests." Reply

Carolina Rosario Madrid, Spaim June 3, 2016

A very good course on Torah. I have really enjoyed! Very clear and very easy to understand. Thank you for your humour and artistic creativity. The World needs more teachers as you.Looking forward to watching next chapter. Reply

Anonymous California June 2, 2016

Bravo Rebbe I am already learning so much. I can't wait for the next lessons. Love Chabad people! Reply

Scroll Down is designed to initiate auditors into a first acquaintance with the Torah and with Jewish history and ideas. The video lessons are presented at an introductory level of Jewish Studies at college.
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