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, [...]

20 01, 2014

Mishpatim – Was the entire Torah revealed at Sinai?

By |2014-01-20T09:19:50-07:00January 20th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                  MISHPATIM                                                       (Chapters 21:1–24:18)                                           Was the entire Torah revealed at Sinai?   In the Torah portion of Mishpatim, we find the beginning of the unfolding of an intricate and complex set of social regulations called civil laws in most societies. Civil laws place God outside of the public arena and replaces divine [...]

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 [...]