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Are there Jews not following the rabbinic laws?

The most famous instance of Jews choosing to follow only the written Torah without the oral rabbinic interpretations would be the Karaites who flourished from about 760 CE to 1100 CE. Today their ...
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Why don't Rabbinic fasts end by Ben Hashmashot?

The Talmud (Pesachim 54b) states that only for Tisha bAv must we be stringent for Bein Hashemashot. There is an opinion in Rishonim that only regarding the Bein Hashemashot at the beginning of the day ...
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Pikuach Nefesh and different levels of Halacha

At least with regards to hilchos Shabbos, you should choose the derabannan. See שמירת שבת כהלכתה לב:כז-כח*, who writes that if there is no difference in speed or quality of care, that one should ...
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Should a non-Orthodox Jew wear tzitzit or not?

The passuk is not saying that tzitzis are a proof to someone's adherence to the other commandments, it is saying that by wearing tzitzis one will come to perform the other mitzvos. If anything, ...
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Gezerah D'Rabbah in the Beit Hamikdash?

An additional application is the prohibition to sprinkle purifying water on a tamei meis on Shabbos, even if that would allow him to offer his Korban Pesach. Pesachim 69a והזאה מאי טעמא לא דחיא שבת ...
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Should a non-Orthodox Jew wear tzitzit or not?

I think that you are answering your own question. First of all, the reason to perform G-d's commandments is because G-d said so. The goal of every Jew is to strive to reach this sense of faith and to ...
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How do I repeal rabbinic laws? Who to contact? What is the process?

As far as I know there are currently no rabbis who are actively involved in legislating rabbinc-level laws. Those laws were set in stone centuries ago. As DoubleAA mentioned in the comments on your ...
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What is the difference between a takana and a gezera?

The following taxonomy of kinds of halachic ruling was culled from the Rambam, Hilkhos Mamrim ch. 2, and includes thoughts learned at a shi’ur given by R’ Yonasan Sachs (who was then of RIETS, now of ...
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Why is Shmita only Rabbinic nowadays?

Rambam Shemitta veYovel 10:10,12 משגלה שבט ראובן ושבט גד וחצי שבט מנשה, בטלו היובלות--שנאמר "וקראתם דרור בארץ, לכל יושביה", בזמן שכל יושביה עליה: והוא שלא יהיו מעורבין שבט בשבט, אלא כולן יושבים ...
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Torah Study Of Rabbinic Laws

There are two sources I know of indicating that one does not fulfill the mitzvah of Talmud Torah by learning laws which are derabanan: There is a law that one may not receive payment for teaching ...
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Seven Mitzvos D'Rabanan

The Chinuch (p394 in this edition) gives the list below and explains each in detail! The 7 Mitzvos are: 1) Berachos - Reciting Berachos 2) Netilas Yadayim - washing your hands 3) Eruvin - allowing ...
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What does Exodus 21:28 mean if an Oral Torah was given at Sinai?

The Talmud addresses this issue in Bava Kamma 41a: ת"ר ממשמע שנאמר (שמות כא, כח) סקל יסקל השור איני יודע שנבילה היא ונבילה אסורה באכילה מה ת"ל לא יאכל את בשרו מגיד לך הכתוב שאם שחטו לאחר ...
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What is the basis that allows Rabbis to create laws?

This is answered directly by Rambam in his introduction to the Mishna Torah. This authority to make new laws was taught directly by Moshe Rabbeinu as cited below from Deuteronomy 17:11. "The mitzvot ...
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What is the basis that allows Rabbis to create laws?

Sources For Rabbinic Authority There are several divergent approaches to this. Rambam (Introduction to MT: 26) is of the opinion that Rabbinic legislation falls under the rubric of "Do not stray ...
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How do I repeal rabbinic laws? Who to contact? What is the process?

Orthodox Jews live their lives based on rules explained/instituted by great Rabbis many years ago. Throughout the generations many learned people have continued to interpret and apply those laws. ...
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Has anyone declared a time of oppression regarding the four Temple fasts?

The following does not answer the historical aspect of the question directly, but it provides background suggesting that (1.) the circumstances during the diaspora seem to have frequently (if not ...
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Rabbinic prohibitions among Noachide laws

The Lechem Mishna to the Rambam Hilchos Melachim 10:9 says that the fact that a non-Jew is not allowed to keep Shabbos or learn Torah is, in fact, a Rabbinic prohibition. So according to that, there ...
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What is the basis that allows Rabbis to create laws?

The comments, above, approach the correct analysis. This question is discussed in detail in Talmud Shabbat 23a, near the middle of the page (as seen in the Sefaria site). There is a statement that ...
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If one is in doubt whether they had already recited maariv should they say the blessings of shema with the shema or not?

If he is unsure if he recited Shema, he should recite it with its blessings (OC 67). If one is unsure if one had recited the Amida, one should recite it and intend that it should be a voluntary ...
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Why make the Kohen burning the Para Aduma rabbinically impure?

The Ritva asks this very question on Yuma daf 2a and answers it. לפיכך בשעת שריפתה היו נוגעין בו כדי לטמאו: ואף על גב דטומאה זו אינה אלא מדרבנן הא אית בה הכירא לצדוקין שיודעין היו דלדידן טהרת ...
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Who Commanded Us, and For What?

The Maharal, in באר הגולה באר ראשון, explains the idea of Rabbinical mitzvos. He is addressing why these mitzvos do not "split" the Torah from its singular unity, and at the end he adds that it is ...
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Why are we bound to rabbinic laws?

Deuteronomy 17:11 על-פי התורה אשר יורוך, ועל-המשפט אשר-יאמרו לך--תעשה: לא תסור, מן-הדבר אשר-יגידו לך--ימין ושמאל Deut. 17:9 & 11, (Chabad Link): (9.) And you shall come to the Levitic ...
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Doesn't gezera affect the Torah?

I think the wording was imprecise vis-a-vis "amendments." There are the original laws of the Torah, which can never be violated. If the Torah says "thou shalt not", that means "thou shalt not", no ...
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Are Magna-Tiles allowed on Shabbat?

THIS JUST IN: According to Orchos Shabbos chapter 9 siff 13, one must warn their chinuch aged child not to use building blocks such as Lego or the like to build a house or anything which has an Ohel ...
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If a Jew violates a Rabbinically established "fence" on a law, is that the same as sinning against Hashem?

According to Rambam (discussed here), the obligation to listen to the rabbis is itself Biblical, on the basis of "Do not stray from all that they tell you" (Deut. 17:11). According to Ramban (...
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Have there been instances where decisions in the Sanhedrin or Rabbinical decisions concerning Jewish practice have been reversed upon later review?

In Berachot 23a the Sanhedrin ruled that tefillin must not be brought in a bathroom. So people would leave them outside. But they frequently got stolen. So the Sanhedrin reversed its ruling.
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Gezel in Rabbinical regulations

There are many rabbinic enactments/prohibitions related to monetary matters. Here is a sampling from the Rambam (translations from Chabad.org): Gezelah 6:7 דברים הרבה אסרו חכמים משום גזל; והעובר ...
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Should a non-Orthodox Jew wear tzitzit or not?

The only issue that might act against wearing Jewish clothing is if it caused "Chilul Hashem". A man who wears Jewish garb and cheats in business or commits other aveiros is not "frum". It doesn't ...
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Seven Mitzvos D'Rabanan

Chasam Sofer - Parshas Yisro - Asher Lraiacha says that the seven Mitzvos are as follows. א - Aveilus - Seven days of Aveilus ש - Simcha - Seven days of Simchas Chasan and Kallah ר - Rechitza - ...
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