Tag Archives: Reform

Halakhic Innovation

I know this is a bit off-topic, but this article from today’s Haaretz is relevant to the general theme of my series on the evolution of the oral law. It raises a question we raised since our first class in … Continue reading

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Going…going…where? Goodbye to Prophecy

We know that between the last of the prophets and the beginning of the Mishnah, Judaism underwent a major change.  Avot describes this period in just a sentence or two.  The Rambam takes several paragraphs to explain it.  But nobody … Continue reading

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Takkanot – The Torah adapts to new realities

The Mishnah marks the culmination of the transition from Prophetic Judaism to Rabbinic Judaism.  The period before that – from the time of Ezra to the establishment of the Anshei Knesset Hagedolah (Men of the Great Assembly) – is the … Continue reading

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…but it’s a derekh.

Several months ago, I joined an online discussion group for Rabbis.  It’s a wonderful forum that brings together rabbis from all streams and different parts of the world.  It’s for this reason that I enjoy the group so much.  We … Continue reading

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ABSOLUT TALMUD

Talmud is the original “open-source” platform. Talmud is not Gemara.  Gemara denotes finality, a closed book.  Talmud is not closed, and it’s certainly not a book. Talmud is a verb, not a noun. We are Talmud, a living, open conversation, … Continue reading

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