27 10, 2019

What is the origin of the Oral Torah?

By |2019-10-27T01:17:23-07:00October 27th, 2019|Thoughts|

Many people think that the Oral Torah was given to Moses on Mount Sinai. Many rabbis preach this view despite it being untrue to encourage Jews to obey the Oral Torah teachings believing that God ordered them to do so. Actually, the Oral Torah was developed by the Pharisees and later rabbis. The Pharisees made [...]

27 01, 2016

More about the Oral Torah not being divine

By |2016-01-27T07:13:00-07:00January 27th, 2016|Book Reviews, Thoughts|

  The Sages Character, Context & Creativity Volume 4: From the Mishna to the Talmud Translated by Ilana Kurshan By Rabbi Binyamin Lau Maggid Books, 2015, 319 pages   One of the best series of books that I enjoy reading is the very well-written, comprehensive, informative, and engrossing four volumes by Binyamin Lau, a highly [...]

24 01, 2016

The Oral Torah was not revealed at Sinai

By |2016-01-24T12:11:14-07:00January 24th, 2016|Book Reviews, Thoughts|

                                                       The Oral Torah was not revealed at Sinai   One of the fundamental principles of Orthodox Judaism is the belief that there is both a Written and an Oral Torah, both of which were revealed by God to Moses. Quite a few Orthodox rabbis declare that if a Jew does not accept this teaching, [...]

5 08, 2013

More on the Oral Law

By |2013-08-09T05:52:13-07:00August 5th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                                                 By Israel Drazin   The Oral Torah is made up of laws that were developed after the Hebrew Bible, the Torah, was completed. The changes were made by Pharisees and later by rabbis. These changes are called Oral Torah.[1] So many changes were made that Judaism today is not Torah Judaism [...]

31 07, 2013

Sinai revelation?

By |2013-07-31T08:54:18-07:00July 31st, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                             By Israel Drazin     In my essay “Divine revelation continues today,” I discussed the views of Rabbi Kook, Maimonides, Aristotle, Ba’al Shem Tov’s grandson, and others who stated that divine revelation continues today. I showed that these thinkers felt that modern people can and should seek God’s revelation in history [...]

22 07, 2013

Deuteronomy – The first “Oral Torah”

By |2013-07-22T05:28:47-07:00July 22nd, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                                By Israel Drazin   Judaism today is not Torah Judaism, but rabbinic Judaism. Virtually all Torah laws, if not all of them, were modified by the rabbis to meet the needs of the time when the alterations were made.[1] These changes are called Torah shebalpe, Oral Torah. While they are innovations, they [...]