If someone says "I believe that the Mishnayos/Braisos/Toseftas are accurate, but I think that the Gemara made mistakes and has no holiness.

Is such philosophy heresy?

What about someone who argues on specific Mishnas?

What about someone who argues on ALL the Mishnas (he believes that there was an Oral Torah, but it got forgotten)?


כופר בתורה שבעל פה does not mean that he denies the theoretical existence of any תורה שבע"פ but that he denies the actual תורה שבע"פ in our possession--so if someone denies the authentic תורה שבע"פ he would fall under that category. Furthermore, such a person would be included under the category of מכחיש מגידיה as someone who denies the reliability of the bearers of our tradition (Rambam, Hil. Teshuvah 3:8).

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  • Is every line of Gemara a received tradition from Sinai? – Double AA Mar 8 '13 at 19:34
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    oh you're answering his last question. – Double AA Mar 8 '13 at 19:35

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