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Rabbinic Mitzvot, The

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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...
The blessing that we recite before lighting the Chanukah candles reads, "Blessed are You, G‑d...who sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to light the Chanukah lamp." I don't get it. When did G‑d command us to light the menorah? Isn't Chanu...
Is it true that there is no mention of the synagogue in the Torah? It’s hard to imagine “Judaism”—at least as we know it today—without synagogues!
Why do the rabbis add so many laws to the Torah? Isn't that what caused Adam and Eve to sin--the fact that Eve made unwarranted additions to G‑d's law?
Is it inconceivable that the Sages would deprive all of Israel of the benefits afforded by one of the greatest mitzvot we have—simply on account of a few ignorant souls who might otherwise err?
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?
Question: I don't understand why the rabbis created so many laws to ensure that we do not transgress any of the Torah's laws; don't they trust us to do things right? Answer: Here is an analogy: You insure your house, health, and the things which are impor...
We claim to believe in the Bible, but it seems to me that in reality we're controlled by a small group of old men and their Talmud...
How does an eruv work?
If the Torah says that carrying outside is forbidden on Shabbat, how can a few barely-visible wires make a difference?
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