481 reputation
417
bio website cs.toronto.edu/~kaveh
location Toronto, Canada
age
visits member for 3 years, 7 months
seen Oct 3 at 7:55

Ph.D. student at University of Toronto, Department of Computer Science, Theory Group.

Old moderator on cstheory.


Aug
31
comment The authenticity of rabbinic literature
Thanks for your enlightening answer. So if I understand your answer correctly, one argument is that they are authentic because they are passed on from each generation to next one as tradition. The other one is that written Torah tells us that we should accept what Supreme Court tells us as oral Torah. The third one is that historically there has been an almost consensus on the major issues between scholars. Am I understanding the arguments correctly?
Aug
31
comment The authenticity of rabbinic literature
Thanks jake for the answer, but I was more interested in arguments for authenticity. I hope that you and @Alex post these comments as answers, they are good arguments for why one can claim the authenticity for rabbinic literature, and what Alex wrote is a good argument for using the rabbinic literature that we have today (pragmatically we have no alternative to use), though it doesn't mean it is completely authentic (i.e. the same as what God revealed to Moses).
May
27
comment The authenticity of rabbinic literature
@jake, thanks again. Yes, I am more interested in the oral laws than the rest of the scripture. Your comment seems to answer the second question to some extent (identifying the parts coming from oral Torah) but how do we know that they are authentic and are preserved as given by God?
May
26
comment The authenticity of rabbinic literature
@jake, thanks. I see, so there is not a complete authenticity. So maybe I should have asked: how can one know that "many of the concepts and laws that are discussed in Rabbinic literature, are given by God" and "how can one identify the concepts and oral laws that are given by God?" (I hope that my question is not becoming too technical.)
May
26
revised The authenticity of rabbinic literature
added 61 characters in body; added 4 characters in body
May
26
asked The authenticity of rabbinic literature
May
26
revised Existence of Heaven and Hell
added 208 characters in body
May
25
awarded  Scholar
May
25
accepted Is there a difference between a Rabbi and a Temple Priest?
May
25
comment Existence of Heaven and Hell
@jake, I had read that question and its answers before posting this, but thanks for linking.
May
25
asked Is there a difference between a Rabbi and a Temple Priest?
May
25
asked Existence of Heaven and Hell
May
25
awarded  Editor
May
14
awarded  Nice Question
May
12
comment What is the explanation for the destruction of the First Temple?
@Issac, thank you for your kind welcome. :) I think I will find this site quite useful in extending my understanding and knowledge of Judaism.
May
11
awarded  Student
May
11
asked What is the explanation for the destruction of the First Temple?
May
11
awarded  Supporter