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What is “Aggadata”?

The Talmud can be broadly divided into two parts. The greater part of the Talmud is devoted to discussing the many biblical laws and rabbinic...

How do I become a sage?

I will give you a list from Ethics of our Fathers: “For one to acquire Torah, he must have the following forty-eight qualities: ...

Why are there so many arguments between the rabbis in the Oral Law?

A cursory look at the Talmud seems to show a myriad of disagreements of opinion between the Sages, many seemingly never resolved. Lacking a deeper...

What is a Beraita?

Jewish Law is Divided into two main sections, The Written Law (the Torah, comprising the five books of the Pentateuch) and the Oral Law. Both were given...

What are "Jewish Ethics"?

"Moses received the Torah from Sinai and gave it over to Joshua. Joshua gave it over to the Elders, the Elders to the Prophets, and the Prophets gave...

Why are there so many arguments in the Mishnah and Talmud?

Torah is G-d's wisdom. Intellect, by its very nature, allows for different opinions. In fact, often times the very same premise can lead to two...

What are the names and topics of all the tractates of the Talmud?

Berachot - Blessings Shabbat - Sabbath Eruvin - Carrying on SabbathPesachim - Passover Shekalim - Upkeep of the Temple Yoma - Yom Kippur Sukkah - Holiday...

Who was Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai?

Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai lived about 1800 years ago in the land of Israel, which was then under Roman rule. He was a student of Rabbi Akiba whom he admired...

What are the Mishnah and Talmud?

A. The Torah--i.e. the Five Books of Moses--is very vague. For instance, the Torah says not to “work” on Shabbat. But what’s...

What is Aramaic?

A. Aramaic (pronounced a-ra-MAY-ik) is an ancient, mostly defunct group of related Semitic dialects originating in, and very similar to, Hebrew. Their...