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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...

How do you know the Torah is really the word of G-d?

Question: You seem to only think what you are told. I.e. your teacher told you to believe the bible, and the bible told you to believe (in) G-d. So all...

Can I study scripture without tradition?

Rabbi Eliezer G: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, how can I help you today? Fay: How can I learn more about judiam, but not from man...

How do we know the Oral Torah is true?

Question:  How do we know that rabbis didnt make half the torah sheba'al peh up [Ed. Oral Torah]? isnt it like chinese whispers? Answer: I am...

Noah and the Flood: "Apocalypse"

Part IThe embattled old men of the Marina Roscha synagogue in the north of Moscow understood the message of Noah and the Flood better than most. At least...

What defines Judaism?

Why be Jewish? As a rabbi I am often asked why it is important to be Jewish. A plethora of answers are offered, but only one is intellectually honest....

The Giving of the Torah

After the great miracles of the Exodus, the splitting of the Red Sea and all of the major events that the Jewish people experienced before arriving at...

Piercing the Veil of Earth

The Debate When Moses ascended Mount Sinai to receive the Torah the angels objected. “G-d,” they declared, “Do you intend to squander...

What should I think of the "Bible Codes"?

Bible codes are quite a fascinating discovery, in which various historical episodes, facts and personalities can be found hidden within the very letters...

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."...