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G‑d told Moses that he will give him "the Torah and the commandments." Why did G‑d add the word "commandments?" Are there any commandments which are not included in the Torah?
The Oral Torah has come a long way since it was orally transmitted to Moses atop Mount Sinai. But despite the long way, it remains unchanged at its core.
A Comprehensive Overview
Torah refers to the Five Books of Moses, the entire Hebrew Bible, and the entire corpus of religious Jewish knowledge. Torah is how the Creator shares the purpose, intent, and desire behind all that exists.
Question: Many—if not most—of the customs and traditions that comprise “Judaism” are not mentioned anywhere in the Bible. Why can’t we just follow what’s written there? Really, isn’t it heresy to add on to G‑d’s word? Response: You can go ahead and just f...
A timeline of the transmission of the Oral Law
Moses received the Torah in the year 2448 after creation. Nearly 2000 years later, Rabbi Ashi and Ravina completed the Talmud. See the links in the transmission of the Oral Law from Moses until the completion of the Talmud.
Rabbi Steinsaltz discusses the relationship between the Oral and Written Laws. The Oral Law developed as a "manual" for understanding the Written Law. From the time of Moses until the end of the 2nd century CE, these explanations remained oral and adapted...
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What is the “Oral Torah”? What role does the rabbinic tradition play vis-à-vis the Bible? The dialectical interplay, sanctioned at Sinai, between the Oral Torah and the Written Torah.
How and why was the Oral Torah written?
The Talmud is a collection of writings that covers the full gamut of Jewish law and tradition…
Unfolding the voice from Sinai
Some people imagine the event at Sinai as a transmission from heaven, recorded on two tablets and in five books, frozen in time, never to occur again. Others see Sinai as an opening of a portal through which the divine could now begin to pour into our wor...
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