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What is Torah?
Torah literally means "instruction." It also is closely related to the Hebrew word which means "light." It is the instruction manual...

What can you tell me about Jewish books?
A. A Jewish book is not a book of Jewish jokes, a book about Judaism or any Jewish-related subject, although many Jewish books are just that. A Jewish...

What is a Torah scholar?
A. A scholar is one who studies, and the Torah is the basis of Judaism. Therefore, a Torah scholar is one who studies Torah—right? Wrong. A Torah...

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

If Mt. Sinai teaches us humility, shouldn't the Torah have been given on a flatland?
Although the importance of humility cannot be overemphasized, a person must also have a certain measure of pride and strength of conviction.* A totally...

What are the thirteen Principles of Faith?
The Jewish faith has many laws, traditions, beliefs, etc. But there are thirteen principles upon which the whole of Judaism stands. To use a mundane...

Why don't I feel like the Torah I study is affecting me?
The Torah is compared to bread.1 If you eat unbaked dough your intestines will not digest it. Your body will not absorb it and it will not become a part of...

What's the proper way to dispose of holy objects?
“You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations that you shall possess worshipped their gods… and obliterate their names from...

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...

What exactly is the Oral Torah?
The Torah has two parts: The "Torah Shebiktav" (Written Law), which is composed of the twenty-four books of the Tanach, and the "Torah...

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