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Why were the Sages permitted to add 'fences' to Torah laws?

Question: Saying that "fences" can be put around the Torah, however, also suggests that such additions are not necessarily from G-d. Therefore, it is...

If Torah law is absolute, then why does it seem to have changed through the generations?

Question: I understand the logic behind belief in G-d. However, in trying to become more observant I find that I am wrestling with two points.1....

Too many stray cats...I believe Torah's view on spaying and neutering should be changed?

Question: I can understand where you are coming from with the torah stating that it is not right to spay or neuter animals. However, there are millions...

How could the rabbis add laws, doesn't the Torah forbid adding commandments?

Indeed, the Torah says1 "Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do it. You shall neither add to it, nor subtract from it."...

Why did the Sadducees dispute the authenticity of the Oral Torah?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind? Pinny: i have read in many places that the Written Torah cannot...

Whose Torah is it Anyway?

“Rabbi, the Torah was written so many years ago. Its laws were never intended for the modern age, for people of modern technology and...

Rabbi Schochet discusses the reason for most rabbinic prohibitions

Rabbi Schochet: I hope you are having a GREAT day today:) . . How can I make it even better? Raquelle: ive heard that chicken was once parve...why is it...

Could you refer me to books on Torah law as it is *currently* understood?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind? Sarreta: I am studying the code of maimonides, the Book of Women,...

When and why did the Rabbis discontinue capital and corporeal punishment?

1. Capital punishment was only legally allowed as long as the Sanhedrin (the Jewish supreme court, comprised of 71 of the greatest sages of the time) was...

What are the different valid methods used to interpret the Torah?

Torah is G-d's wisdom. Intellect, by its very nature, allows for – and indeed demands - different avenues of understanding; how much more so when...