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Re: The Jewish Faith?

Posted by SLS on January 15, 2005, at 11:07:25

In reply to Re: The Jewish Faith?, posted by ayrity on January 13, 2005, at 9:21:02

> > I'm sure MKB knows that her knowledge of the Talmud is limited. Regardless of your belief that the Oral Law came down from Moses, it can still be argued that the Talmud is NOT in the Old Testament and is not the same thing. It's a matter of perspective, not fact.
> I did not say the Talmud and "Old" Testament (Jews do not refer to it as such, 5 Books of Moses would be another way to put it) are the same thing. What I did say is that Jews believe both the Written Law (as reflected in the "Old" Teastament) and the Oral Law (as reflected in the Talmud) are of equal validity.

I think the Talmud represents an evolving interpretation of the Torah as it is discussed, debated, and commented upon. The Talmud is sort of a commentary on the Torah and sets forth suggested ways of practicing Judaism. One of the most important suggestions is to continue to discuss and debate using this Talmudic method.

- Scott




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