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A chat with Rabbi Jacobson about Torah's immutability
Yaak.: Someone asked me about Torah evolving and I explained that to a certain extent nothing could be added or subtracted, but that this has to be adapted...

Why can't the Torah be modified to adapt to the times?
Let's start with a simple question: The Torah specifically tells us (Deuteronomy 4:2) "You shall not add to the word that I commanded you, nor shall you...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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."...

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...

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