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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...

The Creed of Noah

According to the sages of the Talmud, there are 70 families with 70 paths within the great Family of Man. And each individual has his or her path within a...

Is the Torah Perfect?

Question: My dear Rabbi, I want to ask a question which is not related to religion. Do you yourself believe that there are things in the world that are...

Why did we jump into it?

We pride ourselves on being intellectual, thinking people. We go into things carefully before we sign a contract or invest our fortunes, especially if it...

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...

What function does the Oral Law serve?

The Torah is a closed book without the Oral Law. Allow me to illustrate this point: The Torah has no vowels in it. Imagine the word BIRD, without the...

What sort of Jewish resources are available for those who are visually impaired?

Thankfully, there are many resources. There are many organizations which offer Torah audio cassettes and CDs for sale on a variety of Torah topics....

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: ...

A discussion about Jewish meditation and its relation to prayer

Rabbi Eliezer Gurkow: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, how can I help you today?Steve: Does Jewish tradition emphasize transendence and/or...