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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...

What is the Midrash?
A. "Midrash" means "exposition." The Midrash (or Medrash) is probably the most referred-to collection of explanatory works on Tanach,...

Who are “The Rabbis?” I keep on hearing that phrase!
Great question! Unfortunately, the misconception exists that “The Rabbis” are a tribunal of sinister hooded men in a torch-lit cave somewhere...

What is the Talmud?
summerset: Hi...What is the Talmud? As you can tell, I am not Jewish. Rabbi Latowicz: Actually, there are many Jews who ask the same question! According...

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 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...

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 "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...

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...

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