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The Thirteen Principles of Torah Elucidation

Beraita of Rabbi Yishmael

An overview of the Oral Torah's systemized rules for how the Written Torah may be interpreted.

19:23
13 Principles of Torah Elucidation - Lesson 1
Why Torah must be comprised of both a Written Law and an accompanying Oral Tradition.
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19:12
13 Principles of Torah Elucidation - Lesson 2
An introduction to the highly systemized rules for Torah interpretation covers the first two of the Thirteen Principles of Elucidation.
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26:03
13 Principles of Torah Elucidation - Lesson 3
Various rules for understanding the interrelationship between comprehensive and detailed statements made in the Torah. Principles 3-7 are covered in this lesson.
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26:28
13 Principles of Torah Elucidation - Lesson 4
When the Torah singles out special cases as exceptions to a more general rule. Principles 8-11 are covered in this lesson.
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21:56
13 Principles of Torah Elucidation - Lesson 5
Methods for elucidating seemingly unclear or paradoxical Torah verses. Principles 12-13 are covered in this final lesson of the series.
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