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The Structure of Halacha

The Six Categories of Torah Law

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The Structure of Halacha: The Six Categories of Torah Law

An overview of six different categories of Jewish law including oral traditions from Moses, laws extrapolated from Scripture, and laws that were later legislated by the Sages.
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Halacha, Oral Torah

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Shmuel August 28, 2013

Some Small Corrections While the basic gist of this class is correct and very informative, I found a few small issues/corrections that are worth mentioning:

1. He says that making a blessing after meals is completely rabbinic. In fact, the Torah does command us to bless G-d after eating in Deuteronomy 8:10.
2. He says that the law forbidding us to handle money is a fence for the biblical prohibition against doing business on Shabbat. Note, doing business on Shabbat is also rabbinic, and a fence for the biblical prohibition against writing on Shabbat (see Shulchan Aruch Harav 306:4).
3. He says that Deuteronomy 25:12 refer to a man who cuts off his fellow's hand. In truth it's in the context of a woman who grabs her husband's rival's private parts. Reply

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