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The first half of the last millennium (1000–1500) saw an explosion in Jewish literacy in many fields: Kabbalah, philosophy, biblical commentary, poetry, and most notably the great codifications of Halachah (Jewish Law). How did these great Codes originate?

Lesson 8. All Set: The Codification of Jewish Law

Lesson 8. All Set: The Codification of Jewish Law

Scroll Down - Part 8

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August 1, 2016
Tefillin
Dear Robert,

If these video lessons have somehow goaded you into putting on Tefillin, well then, they have achieved their innermost purpose, a purpose that I might not have dared to express openly if you had not boldly mentioned it.

All these lessons are all about books. Books are full of words. Words are the basic atomic elements that G-d used to create the world. And Tefillin represents the sublime and delicious opportunity that G-d has granted us to wrap our bodies in His words. Literally. Literally.

Yashar Koach! May your commitment grow "from strength to strength"!
Michael Chighel
Jerusalem
July 25, 2016
Lesson 8
These classes have had a profound effect on me. This voice inside of me said to me it is time to put on Tefillin. This began about a week ago. Finally the voice grew loud and said do it now. I did this last Tuesday at the Local Chabad house. This changed my entire being. Tefillin had a profound effect on me. These classes have led me into a deep study of the Mishneh Torah and the Tanya. This actually began in November 2015. Thank you and G-d bless you Rabbi and Doctor Chighel. My Hebrew is bad but I am learning.
Robert Glessner
Leawood KS
July 23, 2016
Where does Onkelos fit in to this? And the Vilna Gaon? Or am I getting ahead of myself?
Rhea Bonsey
July 23, 2016
Al roads lead to...
This was more than my brain can assimilate!
I see the bottom line seems to be that there are lots of ways to be a good Jew.
It's like you can be from the family of Asher, Judah, Ephraim, or Sphardic, or Ashkenazi,...
Small differences don't seem to be that important.
George
קאליפורניה
July 22, 2016
I love this series! I just recently began studying theTorah and these videos are helping so much !
Anonymous
Arizona
July 22, 2016
Torah and Technology merge
I am enjoying and learning at the same time. Using video, humor, computer technology and more, I feel immersed in the sea of understanding the Masora, tradition. Thank you
simcha frankel
Los Angeles
July 21, 2016
The Need for Chasidism
Dear Ron,

Your great question regarding the need for chasidism runs deep. I highly recommend starting your search for an answer in a short text by the Lubavitcher Rebbe known as "On the Essence of Chasidus." Here is a link to the text: www.hebrewbooks.org/15729
Michael Chighel
Jerusalem
July 21, 2016
Animal sacrifice
Were there any rabbis in past generations that were against animal sacrifice? If so, what were their names?
Frank
Chicago, IL
July 21, 2016
Animal sacrifice
What was the rambam's take on animal sacrifice? Was he for it or against it?
Frank
Chicago, IL
July 21, 2016
wow,just wow..
Anonymous
nairobi
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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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