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Why do the Jews not live strictly by Moses' law?

I don't want my answer to come off as insulting, or personal, but my answer has to address the reasons behind your question, as many Christians ask us many versions of this same question, all of these ...
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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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Rambam controversy

the Rambam literally holds that demons don’t exist, which are talked about multiple times throughout tanach and Talmud, would that mean that the Rambam is a heretic c”v? No, there is no fundamental ...
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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 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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Kuntres by Rav Asher Weiss

I have asked the office of R Asher Weiss and they responded The kuntres על הראשונים ועל האחרונים is part of a kuntres וזאת תורת המנחה that was  given out by Mechon Minchas Asher about the Rav’s ...
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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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If Moshe received ALL future Torah at Har Sinai, why didn't he understand R' Akiva's shiur (Menachos 29b)?

I once heard Rav Herschel Schachter discuss this question. He gave an analogy, that if one were to bring out Euclid, and show him a modern suspension bridge, and tell him it was built using Euclidean ...
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Is there any sect of Judaism that interprets both the written Torah and oral Torah literally

Your question presents contradictory ideas. Anyone that accepts the validity of the Oral law has inherently acknowledged that he is not translating the Written Law literally. That's the whole reason ...
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Does Rabbinic Literature misunderstand the infinitive absolute?

does Rabbinic Literature misunderstand the infinitive absolute, by seeing it as a redundancy...? (I don't think it's possible to speak for all of rabbinic literature, but) I believe there is ample ...
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Why is it neccesary to have an Oral Law?

The Rambam in Moreh Nevochim 1:71 addresses this question. The Rambam actually says that the opposite is true - the integrity of the Oral law was preserved specifically by it's being oral. The Rambam ...
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Why is it neccesary to have an Oral Law?

To just answer your question: 1- Because no finite text could fully describe what it the right answer for every situation and every context a human being might face. Therefore, Hashem gave Moshe a ...
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Why does there have to be a written Torah?

The Oral Torah being passed down orally, it is naturally subject to certain amounts of corruption via malicious distortion, improper application, simple forgetfulness, etc. The existence of a Written ...
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Why no Oral Law in Rambam's 13 principles of faith?

The premise of your question is incorrect. In the 8th principle the Rambam explicitly mentions the oral law. Perhaps you were referring to the Ani Maamin formulation found in the siddur. That was not ...
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Why do we have many teachings from Hillel and Shammai, but very few of earlier zugot?

Because in those days there was very little to no machlokes: בראשונה לא היתה מחלוקת בישראל, אלא על הסמיכה בלבד In the beginning there was no disagreement in Israel, except regarding smicha (...
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Should the Writing and Publishing of New Sifrei Halacha be Discouraged?

It is popularly claimed that R. Nattan Adler, the mentor of the Hattam Soffer, was of the opinion that the Oral Law may only be written to avoid it being forgotten, and he, who would remember it ...
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Does Amorayim read berayta in Gemara rather than recite it

The way that you translated it might seem to indicate that R. Chanina was reading the Beraita. However, we can challenge your translation. You appear to have rendered the word קרא as a verb meaning ...
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Understanding "Shimon ben Shataḥ restored the Torah to its former glory."

When did it happen relatively to his reign in Sanhedrin? It seems that it happened fairly in the beginning of his time in the Sanhedrin, as it's stated that one of the sages that escaped at the time ...
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Does the Oral Torah have a law against 'common' animals?

You'd have to define your terms better, but a live kosher animal (let's say a cow) remains kosher even if it touches a pig. Whatever you're describing doesn't ring any bells. Off the top of my head, ...
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Do any poskim discourage Bible study?

While you linked to the Maharsha, he quotes and channels the Rambam in Mishneh Torah, who says: בַּמֶּה דְּבָרִים אֲמוּרִים בִּתְחִלַּת תַּלְמוּדוֹ שֶׁל אָדָם אֲבָל כְּשֶׁיַּגְדִּיל בְּחָכְמָה וְלֹא ...
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Everything in the oral Torah has a hint in the written Torah

One source earlier than R. Hayyim Valozhiner is Ritva (Rosh HaShana 16a) who states precisely this: וכל תורה שבע"פ רמוזה בתורה שבכתב שהיא תמימה The entire Oral Law is hinted to in the Written ...
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Memorising large swathes of Torah by heart

I would suggest two points: Necessity is the mother of invention. We have the the gemara and meforshim written down, printed, and readily available, and even readily searchable via online ...
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Does the Torah prohibition to not add or subtract from the mitzvot also apply to the Oral Torah?

It does apply: you cannot add or subtract from the Oral Torah. (Rambam Koteret to Hilkhot Mamrim, Sefer HaChinukh 454)
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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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Mishna was a book in time of Gemara?

The question of whether Rabbi Yehuda HaNassi wrote down the Mishna is a famous dispute among the Rishonim corresponding to two versions of the Iggeret of Rav Sherira Gaon. To quote Wikipedia: The ...
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Additional Oral Law classification systems?

R. Eliezer of Metz organized his Sefer Yereim under seven “pillars”: Arayot Food Things prohibited to benefit from Monetary prohibitions Matters which harm other people but do not involve theft ...
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Were Rabbinic Laws like Muktzeh given at Sinai

By definition, no. That is what makes those laws rabbinic. But... There are cases where the Talmud finds a derivation from the Torah using the principles of derashah, and then says that despite this, ...
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Are there proofs to Torah Shebeal Peh from Torah Shebechtav?

In Hilchot Shechitah (1:4), the Rambam writes: זביחה זו האמורה בתורה סתם--צריך לפרש אותה, ולידע באיזה מקום מן הבהמה שוחטין, וכמה הוא שיעור השחיטה, ובאיזה דבר שוחטין, ומתי שוחטין, והיכן שוחטין, וכיצד ...
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Are We Biblically Commanded to Study the Oral Law According to Maimonides?

Rambam tangentially discusses this in his commentary to Avos 1:16 when discussing the five categories of speech. החלק הראשון והוא המצווה בו הוא קריאת התורה ולמודה והעיון בפירושה וזו מצות עשה ...
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Why were the baraitot excluded from the mishnayot?

According to the Rambam in his introduction to the Mishna - הקדמת הרמב"ם למשנה - these teachings were not excluded from The Mishna. They were written after the Mishna was codified in order to ...
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