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Is anyone against the rational teachings of Maimonides?

Yes, several subsequent Jewish authorities criticized Maimonides, either for his general approach or for specific statements. A few examples: Nachmanides in his commentary to Genesis 18:1 criticizes ...
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According to the Karaites, who invented the Oral tradition?

Well, I have time now to gather together the sources. As I said, the answer is, somewhat humorously, "machloket" (dispute), which just goes to show you that Karaites, in the end, are Jews ...
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How did Tzedukim practice fundamental Halachic principles not mentioned in the written Torah?

The simplest answer would probably be that they only reject the specific Oral Torah of Rabbinic Judaism; they don't reject interpretation altogether. This is essentially what R. David Ibn Zimra writes ...
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What is the position of each of these Non-Orthodox groups regarding the Oral Torah presented by Orthodox Judaism?

I'd like to preface by saying I believe that the positions (1-5) laid out are a little overly simplistic and don't necessarily capture the minutia of these groups, and what we know about them. I have ...
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Is anyone against the rational teachings of Maimonides?

See Rabbi Samson Refael Hirsch, in his Nineteen Letters, letter 18. He criticizes the rational approach of Maimonides, but without mentioning him by name: he sought to reconcile Judaism with the ...
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Interpretations agreed upon by Karaite and Rabbinic scholars

Rashbam has an interpretation that appears to be the same as a Karaite interpretation. The verse in Exodus 13:9 states: וְהָיָה לְךָ לְאוֹת עַל יָדְךָ וּלְזִכָּרוֹן בֵּין עֵינֶיךָ לְמַעַן ...
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What is the modern Karaite community's relationship with Rabbinic Judaism?

Having grown up in Egypt till I was forced out at age 18, I can offer a personal perspective. There was a large Karaite community there, with its own parallel institutions and synagogues. They were ...
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How do Karaites shecht?

In As it is Written: A Brief Case for Karaism we have the following description of shechitah: To attempt to prove the existence of the Oral Law the students of the Talmud often quote Deuteronomy 12:...
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Do Karaite Jews Celebrate Chanuka?

Traditionally Karaites have not celebrated Hanukkah. (sources). In modern times, assimilation being what it is, there are undoubtedly some who do, but it's not on the Karaite calendar. The Karaites ...
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Are Samaritans viewed as adherents of Judaism?

Samaritans are not Jews. R Yosef Eisen at chabad.org explains why When the Assyrians exiled the Ten Tribes, the conquerors brought in a foreign people called Cutheans to populate the vacated ...
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Do Karaite Jews believe in Mashiach?

Karaites do indeed believe in the coming of the Messiah. In 15th-century Turkey, their Sage Eliahu ben Moshe Bashyazi laid down ten "principles of faith" which look remarkably like the Rambam's 13 ...
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Do Karaite Jewish hold of the 39 melachos?

I am a Karaite Jew (studied in and raised in the Karaite tradition). No, historically, the Karaites had no concept of the 39 melachot. In short, melacha is a word that is not defined in the Torah. The ...
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How would a Rabbinic Jew refute the Karaites' claims?

[I apologize that the answer came out so long. It's a complex subject in my opinion, and so a lot of ground needed to be covered]. I have been thinking about this question for several days now. I was ...
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How did Chazal attain its continued acceptance?

Simply - this is the sign that the Pharisees were the ones with the correct tradition of the Torah. HaShem promised in our precious Torah that he would maintain the covenant he made with the ...
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Sadducees and Karaites - same beliefs?

Well, it depends who you ask. Rabbi Avraham de Cologna wrote a kuntress about Karaites, called "Kara Ha'gever". In it, he explains about the history and beliefs of the Karaites. According to ...
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Is anyone against the rational teachings of Maimonides?

Rabbi Yaakov Emden was so incensed by what was written in the Moreh Nevuchim that he refused to believe the Rambam wrote it. He says anyone who claims Rambam wrote it is a liar. In particular he ...
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Rabbinic influences in the Karaite Siddur

I am a Karaite jew (from a Karaite family, raised in a Karaite community). I just posted a video introducing the Karaite liturgy and how it is composed. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/...
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How many threads in the 'Tzitzit' of Karaites?

From this image on the website of the World Karaite Organization, it seems that each side has two cords: one white and one blue. Based on this video, it looks like each cord is made up of four strings,...
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Hizzuk Emunah in Hebrew online

HebrewBooks has a very old copy online.
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Interpretations agreed upon by Karaite and Rabbinic scholars

As I commented, this happens all the time. A good resource that mentions more of these occurrences (including when Chazal may agree with Karaite interpretations) is Rabbi Josh Waxman's Parshablog. ...
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Did Karaites wear Teffilin at all?

There are different groups of Karaites, and the general rule is that all opinions are accepted and are subject to equal scrutiny. To quote from Karaite Korner's FAQ section: https://www.karaite-korner....
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Is one who only keeps Rabbinic laws he agrees with a Apikores?

According to the Rambam the category of Epicurus includes those who "dispute [the authority of the Oral Torah's] spokesmen" (Mishneh Torah, Hilchos Teshuvah 3:8). It is very difficult to argue that ...
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Purpose for stating unlikely hava aminah

Rashi (Megillah 3a) quotes his rabbi that the way of the Talmud is to make rhetorical suggestions in order to clarify things more. The context is the Talmud proposing multiple suggestions and ...
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Does Joshua 8:34-35 disprove oral law's existence?

The Hebrew word translated as "read" here is "קָ֣רָא" which doesn't only mean "read." In fact, if you look throughout the entire Tanakh, it about 95% of the time doesn't mean "read" but instead "...
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How did Chazal attain its continued acceptance?

It's difficult to know, since there are few historical sources on the topic. However, it's possible that the answer lies to some extent on the dependence of the Sadducees on the temple, and their ...
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Order of Karaite prayers

I am a Karaite Jew - raised in the Karaite tradition. A few notes: I just did a class on the Karaite liturgy that you can check out here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrR6THBLhSA. What he did in ...
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M'karev an elder reformed fellow

Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan has numerous book geared toward Kiruv. One of them has something to say about the Oral law. See "The Handbook of Jewish Thought" (Vol. 1). This author had a gift in ...
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M'karev an elder reformed fellow

A good option might be Horeb, by R' Shamshon Raphael Hirsch. It's been translated to English from the original German by Dayan Isidor Grunfeld. He breaks down the rationality behind the commandments, ...
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How many threads in the 'Tzitzit' of Karaites?

as far as I know there is no "required" number of threads. Most of the ones in my possession have 4 blue and 4 white threads. (Maybe all of them.) In case anyone is interested, I have a ...
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Did Ashkenazi Karaites exist?

There were Kariates living in Russia among the Ashkenazi Jewish community but they did not consider themselves any more Jewish than the Samaritans consider themselves to be Jews. They were known as ...
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