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On the relative authority of biblical and rabbinic law

A principle in Judaism is that perceived uncertainties in biblical laws must be resolved with stringency, whereas perceived uncertainties in rabbinic laws may be resolved with leniency. But rabbinic ...
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Is there source that a person must not have any entangled hairs in his beard when immersing in the mikvah

BH Is it true there is a law that says when a person enters a mikvah he must make sure that none of his hairs from his beard are tangled with one another or have any knots on the single strands? If ...
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How do groups who reject the oral Torah explain David's election [closed]

How can the oral law deniers explain the election of David ben Yishai when the Torah says "no Ammonite or Moabite shall enter into thd congregation of HaShem, none of their descendants, even to ...
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is there an exact definition in halachah of what constitutes (1)‘racism,’ or (2)discrimination?

I'm doing some work about the legal definitions of ‘racism’ as part of a wider system of legally recognised forms of ‘discrimination,’ under the UK Equity Act 2010 and later legislation. I wondered if ...
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Is the 39 melachot concept halacha l’moshe misinai

Are the 39 categories melacha prohibited on Shabbat Halacha lemoshe misinai, or drash from the rabbis (deriving it from the juxtaposition of the Shabbat commandment to the mishkan)?
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Why connecting Information and Verses

There is a Pasuk in Shmot 24:12 that says: I will give you the stone tablets, the Law and the commandments, which I have written to instruct them. The Gemara in Berachot 5a explains that the tablets ...
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Why do we have many teachings from Hillel and Shammai, but very few of earlier zugot?

We venerate our previous generations, and have a principle of yeridat hadorot. Therefore I would imagine that the Torah of Samaya and Avtalyon, for example, would be pure gold for us, and threaded ...
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Did the Himyarite Kingdom (Jewish state from c. 380 CE till 530 CE) have the Talmud/Oral Torah? If they converted without it, are they valid converts?

The Himyarite Kingdom became a Jewish kingdom in what is today Yemen, from around 380 CE at the earliest and continued to be Jewish until around 500 CE with the 530 CE date being the very latest date ...
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Did Sanhedrin use Oral law along with Written Law

Did Sanhedrin use Oral law along with Written Law in their decisions?
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Can someone explain how the argument about Torah being reliable due to blockchain-style transmission of information works?

I've been reading a document on Sefaria which claims the following: The transmission of the Torah of Moses until today has worked in a blockchain style format, creating a trustworthy ledger of ...
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Rambam controversy

I don’t like that I have to ask this but I haven’t heard of this before and would like some information on it. If one holds, for example, that the Rambam literally holds that demons don’t exist, ...
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Are the commandments in Mishlei Torah she-baal peh that was later written down?

Shalom. I have for a long time been confused about what exactly Sefer Mishlei is. Were the commandments in this book - 'Acquire Chokhmah' / 'Get discernment' etc. - revealed to Moshe at Har-Sinai? ...
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Why wasn't the Oral law imbedded in the Written?

Why were the Mishnah or the Gemara not included in the 5 books of Moshe Rabbeinu? Why was the system made in such a way that, we the people, had to go dig up and find out for ourselves? What wasn't ...
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Do any poskim discourage Bible study?

The Torah is traditionally seen as being comprised of a Written Torah - the Bible - and an Oral Torah - all other traditions that comprise the covenant between God and Israel. For millennia Jewish ...
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Texts from Tanakh on Oral Torah

I understand that the Oral Torah is the interpretation of Torah that has been passed down to help us interpret and apply it, like a "fence around the Torah". משֶׁה קִבֵּל תּוֹרָה מִסִּינַי, ...
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What is the position of each of these Non-Orthodox groups regarding the Oral Torah presented by Orthodox Judaism?

From my vague general knowledge (without studying this in depth), there are 6 general “mathematical” (potential) positions available for groups regarding the Orthodox Oral Torah; G-d never Gave ANY ...
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Sources regarding the Mesorah of the explanations/details of the Torah

It's difficult for me to accept that laws that I see written in a modern day Halacha sefer really originate from what G-d Told Moshe thousands of years ago. This is because there is so much time in ...
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Why is there arguments if everything was passed down from Moshe Rabeinu? [duplicate]

If the oral law is from Moshe Rabeinu, why in the Gemara / Mishnah does it sound like the rabbis are discussing it in a way where they are just deciding it for the first time? They are discussing back ...
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Does the Oral Torah have a law against 'common' animals?

I am a Christian who is researching how other religions influenced Christianity throughout its history. Having found that some of my fellow believers in the Hebrew Roots movement hold the belief that ...
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A non-Jew to recite Patakh Eliyahu

Is a non-Jew allowed to recite Patakh Eliyahu because he knows the use of it a little bit? Thank you very much
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What is the understanding of this piece from the Vilna Gaon

In Parshas Mishpatim, the Torah tells us of the laws regarding an Eved Nirtzah - A Jewish slave who has finished his term of slavery yet chooses to stay as a slave by his master, as a consequence we ...
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New Sanhedrin - what will it do?

According to the Rambam in Hilchos Mamarim 1 and 2, a Sanhedrin has enormous power. Roughly speaking, it oversees a) oral traditions, b) rabbinical enactments, and c) drashos: derivations using the י&...
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Understanding "Shimon ben Shataḥ restored the Torah to its former glory."

"... ויהרגו כל חכמי ישראל והיה העולם משתומם עד שבא שמעון בן שטח והחזיר את התורה ליושנה." "... and all the Sages of the Jewish people were killed. And the world was desolate of Torah ...
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According to the Karaites, who invented the Oral tradition?

I've been searching for closing in on eight hours trying to find a source from a Karaite about who they think created the rabbinic Oral law. I heard someone claim that Karaites believe Moses created ...
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Are there testimonies of passing the "complete oral tradition"?

The unbroken passage of the Oral Torah as a whole is the foundation stone of Rabbinic Judaism. Of course, there are many mentions of rabbis learning from other rabbis, for example, the beginning of ...
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How did Tzipporah know how to perform circumcision?

I know that circumcision was existent in various nations before and after Matan Torah, and it was and still is practiced with or without the Torah. What's the difference between a Jewish circumcision ...
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Understanding Moses' four-fold way of study (Eruvin 54b)

Following my previous question "what-were-the-pieces-of-moses'-transmission", I wondered: where this form of study was learned from? what were the benefits of this form of learning? if the ...
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How was the mishna actually transmitted orally

I've recently begun a project to memorize the mishna. The technique I am using is surprisingly effective. This came as a result of my feeling nostalgic for the days when the Oral Torah was truly oral. ...
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Are there proofs to Torah Shebeal Peh from Torah Shebechtav?

Are there any proofs or hints to the oral Torah from the written Torah?
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When was the Mishnah penned?

According to this, the French Iggeret of Rav Sherira Gaon is considered more authentic. Based on this premise, the Mishnah was not written down by Rabbi Judah but continued to be transmitted orally. ...
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Kuntres by Rav Asher Weiss

In this shiur, Rav Asher Weiss references a kuntres he wrote called על הראשונים ועל האחרונים on the development of Torah Shebeal Peh. Does anyone know if it is available online?
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Did Ezra abrogate the Mosaic Law in Num. xviii. 21,(according to Yeb. 86b, Ḥul. 131b)?

According to http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/636-abrogation-of-laws The ancient rabbis claimed authority, not only to make new provisions and to establish institutions as a "hedge&...
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Was the Oral Law only oral?

After Moses broke the first set of tablets, according to the Midrash: God told [Moses]: Do not feel bad about the first tablets, for they only contained the Ten Commandments. However, the second set ...
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Why no Oral Law in Rambam's 13 principles of faith?

The Rambam laid down 13 principles of faith (ikkarim) in his commentary on Sanhedrin 10: God exists and created everything, God is One, God has no body, God is eternal, God alone should be worshiped, ...
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What was actually handed down in the Oral Law?

When Judaism claims that the Oral law was transferred from Mount Sinai to today, what exactly was transferred over? Meaning, what specific body of information was transferred as opposed to later ...
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To what degree were Rabbi Akiva's five students responsible for preserving the Oral Law?

The gemara in Yevamos 62b says: They said by way of example that Rabbi Akiva had twelve thousand pairs of students in an area of land that stretched from Gevat to Antipatris in Judea, and they all ...
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Veracity of the Oral Torah [closed]

A Christian blogger commented: Rabbinic Judaism also has some relatively unconvincing claims of oral transmission from the past.  It claims that its interpretations of the Torah (which are compiled ...
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Why was Shlomo haMelekh not a part of the Oral Torah’s transmission?

Reading the Rambam's introduction to his Mishne Torah, I am struck by the fact that he has Achiya haShiloni succeed David in the transmission of the Oral Torah, and not David's son Shlomo. I'm curious ...
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Were there additional written scrolls given by G-d to Moses?

Yalkut Shimoni, claims that there was an additional written scroll - the Temple Scroll (?) - given by G-d to Moses and passed on to all the following generations to Shlomo, mimicking the first lines ...
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Do women have to have long hair according to Jewish law?

Does it say anywhere in the Oral Torah that women have to have long hair?
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How does the gemara know where to start?

In any tractate, why isn't the background or explanatory information presented first? For example, why do the laws of Shechita not begin with the laws of Shechita? Masechet Chullin (and the Yoreh De'...
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Matan (Oral) Torah on Purim details

Following this question's comments, I wondered: In what form did the Jews "receive/accept" the Oral Torah on Purim, was there some kind of a ceremony, or nation-wide event, maybe some other one-...
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Does Amorayim read berayta in Gemara rather than recite it

I noticed a very atypical expression on Yevamot 40a: יתיב ר' חנינא קרא קמיה דר' ינאי ויתיב וקאמר הלכה כר' יהודה א"ל פוק קרי קרייך לברא אין הלכה כר' יהודה תני תנא קמיה דרב נחמן אין הלכה כר' יהודה ...
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Why Halachot LiMosheh MiSinai can not be derived from the Torah?

The existence of the term "Halachot LiMosheh MiSinai" hints on the fact that some Halochos are not derived / can not be derived from Torah in any way but Moses received them orally. Because if it was, ...
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Women and Oral Law

I see that there are numerous poskim who permit women learning the Written Torah, but not the Oral Torah. What I don't understand is that you can't understand the Written Torah without the Oral Law, ...
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Were Rabbinic Laws like Muktzeh given at Sinai

Did Rabbinic Laws such as Muktzeh exist in the time period between the receiving of the Torah and the time they were written down and institutionalised in Halacha? Are there different opinions on ...
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If Moshe received ALL future Torah at Har Sinai, why didn't he understand R' Akiva's shiur (Menachos 29b)?

(inspired by this question) The Talmud Yerushalmi Peah 2:4 - (daf 13a) states: ריב"ל אמר... אפי' מה שתלמיד ותיק עתיד להורות לפני רבו כבר נאמר למשה בסיני מה טעם (קוהלת א) יש דבר שיאמר אדם ראה זה ...
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Do Karaites have the Kabbalah?

When studying the Kabbalah it is clear that the tradition of its wisdom did not start at Mount Sinai but dates back to the creation of the world (a hint here): וכתוב בשער הספר כי המלאך רזיאל מסר את ...
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Did God give Moses on Mount Sinai all future rabbinical decisions?

Which of these two is the correct Jewish teaching: (1) God gave the Written and Oral Law to Moses on Mount Sinai. On this basis, rabbis past, present and future derive what Jews must do. These ...
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Are there any non-inspired writings before Philo's time?

I came across some writings of Philo, which I found very interesting, and wondered if there are any Jewish writings either around his time (circa 20 BCE to circa 50 CE) or before. I looked around and ...
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