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  Oral law - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
An oral law is a code of conduct in use in a given culture, religion or other regroupement, by which a body of rules of human behaviour is transmitted by oral tradition and effectively respected, or the single rule that is orally transmitted.
The oral tradition (from the Latin tradere = to transmit) is the typical instrument of transmission of the oral codes or, in a more general sense, is the complex of what a culture transmits of itself among the generations, "from father to son".
The "written law" (Torah she-bi-khtav תורה שבכתב) comprises the Torah and the rest of the Tanakh; the "Oral Law" (Torah she-be'al peh תורה שבעל פה) was ultimately recorded in the Talmud and Midrash.
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 Oral Law - Critique of the Oral Torah - Am ha-Aretz
The law furthermore provides that if such a slave has served for six years, his wife, if he has one, shall go free with him; but it does not state that the wife of the slave accompanies him to his master's house, nor does it define her relation to the master.
The existence of an oral law dating from the Mosaic time implies, of course, the belief that the Pentateuch, in the form in which it now exists, was entirely the work of Moses, to whom it was revealed by God.
The entire oral law in the wider sense, namely, the entire material of the Mishnah, the Tosefta, and the halakic midrashim, was preserved only orally, and was not reduced to writing until the beginning of the third century C.E., because there was a prejudice against recording halakot.
www.amhaaretz.org /critique-oral-torah/appendix-jewish-encyclopedia.html   (2534 words)

 The Oral Law
Common sense suggests that some sort of oral tradition was always needed to accompany the Written Law, because the Torah alone, even with its 613 commandments, is an insufficient guide to Jewish life.
It is believed that Moses subsequently transmitted that Oral Law to his successor, Joshua, who transmitted it to his successor, in a chain that is still being carried on (Ethics of the Fathers 1:1).
The differing views of Orthodox and Conservative Judaism on both the antiquity and binding nature of the Oral Law are one of the major, perhaps the major, issues separating them.
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org /jsource/Judaism/Oral_Law.html   (843 words)

 Thus Saith the Lord—Is the Oral Law Sacred? - Jews for Jesus
An accompanying "oral law," it is claimed, was also given to be handed down to the leaders of Israel.
This oral law is a series of arguments, opinions and commentaries that enabled each succeeding generation to interpret the law according to the needs of the current time.
Therefore, an oral law is absolutely necessary." Because of this argument, the rabbis have a seemingly endless number of volumes explaining every aspect of daily life.
www.jewsforjesus.org /publications/issues/15_2/orallaw   (1114 words)

 Torah - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Many Jewish laws are not directly mentioned in the Torah, but are derived from textual hints, which were expanded orally, and eventually written down in the Talmud and Mishnah.
Other oral traditions from the same time period not entered into the Mishnah were recorded as "Baraitot" (external teaching), and the Tosefta.
Over the next four centuries this small, ingenius record of laws and ethical teachings provided the necessary signals and codes to allow the continuity of the same Mosaic Oral traditions to be taught and passed on in Jewish communities scattered across both of the world's major Jewish communities, (from Israel to Babylon).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Torah   (1662 words)

 JewishEncyclopedia.com - ORAL LAW   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Many of the Mosaic laws are worded very briefly, and are almost unintelligible without certain presuppositions which were assumed to be generally held; and some of the laws even contradict each other, e.g.
That an oral law has existed since the Mosaic time can be denied only from the point of view of modern Biblical criticism (for the views of Reform Judaism on the Oral Law
The entire oral law in the wider sense, namely, the entire material of the Mishnah, the Tosefta, and the halakic midrashim, was preserved only orally, and was not reduced to writing until the beginning of the third century
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 Oral law   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
An oral law is a code of conduct in use in a given culture, religion or other regroupement, by which a bodyof rules of human behaviour is transmitted by oral tradition andeffectively respected, or the single rule that is verbally transmitted.
Some oral laws provide all these elements (for instance, somecodes of conduct in use among criminal associations like mafia do have a well known law,a judge, a condemnation), while others usually miss some of them.
Jewish law and tradition thus is not based on a literal reading of the Tanakh, but on the combined oral and writtentradition.
www.therfcc.org /oral-law-2119.html   (737 words)

 The Veracity of the Oral Law – Excerpts from a Dialogue
A unanimous, verbally transmitted position that Moses received the Oral Law proves that the Oral Law was in fact given to Moses at Sinai.
So the Oral Law acts as the only means by which we can arrive at G-d’s true intent of His cryptic, unknowable Torah.
The absence of the Oral Law is admission by Christianity and others that they possess an incomplete, and hence, corrupt system.
www.mesora.org /OralLawVeracity.htm   (2020 words)

 The Myth of "The Oral Law"
It is interesting that, according to the oral law (!), a demon helped the Jewish leaders to have a law, which prevented the study of the oral law, repealed.
It is this oral law, and not the written Old Testament, which is "the foundation of Judaism." This is something most non-Jews don't really understand--they tend to assume that the foundation of Judaism is the Old Testament.
It is exactly as the opening sentence of the book tells us--the oral law consists of nothing more than the teachings of the learned men and their specific commentaries on texts in the Bible.
www.israelofgod.org /orallaw.htm   (3831 words)

 S.C.J. FAQ: Section 3.5. Torah: What is the Oral Law?
The term "oral law" thus reflects the knowledge about how to fulfill the laws and regulations of Torah that was transmitted orally, from generation to generation.
The Oral Law can be thought of as a body of jurisprudence and procedure that accompanies the statutes of the Written Law.
There are Jews called Karaites, recognized by the state of Israel as 100% Jewish but heretical, who reject the Oral Law, as did the Sadducees of the time of the Second Temple.
www.shamash.org /lists/scj-faq/HTML/faq/03-05.html   (911 words)

 University of Miami School of Law: Jewish Law Research Guide
Laws stemming from different periods and from different sources are accorded a different status as to their authoritativeness and changeability.
While this is not important to the scholar or law student conducting Jewish law research in the secular law school context, the practical purpose of this traditional belief for such secular study of Jewish law is that both the Written Law and the Oral Law are immutable and unchangeable.
The responsa literature is the "case law" of Jewish law, consisting of the decisions of rabbis that responded to questions of Jewish law submitted in writing.
library.law.miami.edu /jewishlaw/jewishguide.html   (8024 words)

 The Oral Law (Torah Shebaal Peh)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
That oral law which Moshe began, is perpetuated in the oral law delivered by the Levites and the judges.
Even the oral law is envisioned as "divine" in the sense that its origins stem from the theophany at Sinai.
Whoever does not obey the law of your HaShem and the law of the king must surely be punished by death, banishment, confiscation of property, or imprisonment.
www.tckillian.com /greg/orallaw.html   (4952 words)

 With an Eye on Eternetiy - Chapter 10   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Through this Oral Law tradition, the meaning of all passages are fully explained and make it possible for us to understand how to fulfill every aspect of the mitzvohs in just the way the Master wishes them to be done.
Both refer to the body of Oral Law explanations which was passed on from generation to generation.
That is, where a bona fide doubt exists in cases of Torah law in regard to whether something is forbidden or permissible, doubt is resolved on the side of the stricter opinion; and, in cases of Rabbinical laws, the doubts are resolved in favor of the more lenient option.
ohr.edu /misc/eterni10.htm   (2550 words)

 The Oral Law and Our Own Opinions
In my article, The Indispensable Oral Law, I demonstrate that the Oral Torah existed when the Written Torah was given to us.
There are specific laws of meter and rhyme, but the content within those bounds is still the choice of the poet.
When the time came, Hashem taught the Law to Moses, who taught it to the children of Israel, who taught it to the next generation of Israel, who taught it to the next generation, and so on, through the generations until today.
www.beingjewish.com /mesorah/notchaotic.html   (1610 words)

 Jewish FAQs on the Oral Law and Written Law
The Oral Law is the way in which we connect with the Torah.
The Oral Law is therefore not a luxury.
Most of the interpersonal laws provide us with only a basic framework (although comprehensive by secular standards) which is meant to provide a springboard from which we ought to express our own creativity and unique potential.
www.simpletoremember.com /faqs/Oral_Law_Written_Law.htm   (4708 words)

 Proofs For The Oral Law   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The existence of an oral law that was given to Moses at Mt. Sinai is a fundamental concept in Judaism.
If there is no oral law, then the only basis for judgement is in the Torah which is open for anyone to study.
Without an oral law to explain the details of martyrdom, there is no way of determining when and where to become a martyr and when not to.
www.aishdas.org /articles/oral.htm   (1991 words)

 UNDERSTANDING THE ORAL LAW By Harvey A. Smith Is what is called the Torah Sheba'al Peh (Or
Is the Torah She-bik-htab,(The Written Law) taught and its precepts kept, or is the Torah Sheb'al Peh, the oral law, the covenant that the Rabbis teach and try to keep..
But to claim that the Torah Sheb'al Peh, the Oral Law is from G-d and was given by Moses at Sinai and is as Holy as the Written Torah can very well be the sin of the Fathers which is passed from one Generation to the other.
www.skepticfiles.org /mys4/shebalto.htm   (1935 words)

 Oral law at opensource encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
At the time, it was forbidden to write and publish the Oral Law, as any writing would be incomplete and subject to misinterpretation and abuse.
To prevent the material from being lost, around 200 CE, Rabbi Judah HaNasi took up the redaction of oral law; it was compiled into the first written work of rabbinic Judaism, the Mishnah.
Halakha (Jewish law and custom) thus is not based on a literal reading of the Tanakh, but on the combined oral and written tradition, which includes the Tanakh, Talmud, and to some extent, the early Midrash compilations.
www.wiki.tatet.com /Oral_law.html   (682 words)

 Judaism 101 - A Glossary of Basic Jewish Terms and Concepts
When a married woman is in the menstrual state, Jewish Law requires a period of separation from her husband.
Originally, the "Oral Law" was not meant to be written down, but when the difficulties of Jewish History threatened to cause its forgetting, Rabbi Yehudah HaNasi compiled the Mishnah, and Ravina and Rav Ashi compiled the Gemara.
This is the work of the Oral Law devoted entirely to the behavior of Man, and how he can improve it.
www.ou.org /about/judaism/np.htm   (1703 words)

 The Indispensable Oral Law
We have the Oral Law, which is the Traditional accompaniment to the Written Tradition many refer to as the Bible.
This commentary is the Oral Tradition, also known as the Oral Law, or the Oral Torah.
Though the laws of slaughtering cattle are not explained in the Written Torah, they are described in detail in the Oral Law.
www.beingjewish.com /mesorah/oral-imperative.html   (901 words)

 Oral Law   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The 'oral law' is not even spoken of in the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible, TN'K).
YHWH gave the written tablets of the law at Mount Sinai and said not a word about an 'oral law'.
According to the Rabbis, the oral law is the authorized interpretation given from the mouth of Elohiym on Mount Sinai.
www.karaites-usa.org /oral_law.htm   (311 words)

 Obedience to the Oral Law is a Commandment
Biblical law demands that the month of Nissan (Passover) must occur in the spring and the month of Tishri, with the harvest festival of Succoth, must be in fall, hence the necessity for a solar and lunar calendar.
This command necessitates an oral body of tremendous information, topics of astronomy, math, seasons, etc., all of which are not to be found in the written Torah by any regular examination.
Still, they were at their wits ends to apply the written law without the Oral Law and had to invent their own version.
www.britam.org /law5.html   (2438 words)

 Pirkei Avos - Torah.org
The oral transmission is a protective fence for the Torah.
We might even say that the Oral Law was given to us orally because even after receiving the Torah at Sinai man's job was not complete.
Even today, with so much of the Oral Law recorded and even translated into English, Judaism is not really a religion which can be picked up in a book.
www.torah.org /learning/pirkei-avos/chapter3-17c.html   (1572 words)

 Authenticity of the Bible II: The Oral Law
Moses received an Oral Law, and transmitted it to the Seventy Sages of the Sanhedrin, and to all of the Jewish camp in the Desert of Sinai.
Note that the Written Law is called "Tablets" and "Torah." The Oral Law is called "the command" and "to teach them." "Command" and "teach them" are the real-life applications of the Tablets, Torah and Scriptures.
Speaking of the Oral Law and Jewish survival, the saint of the pre-Holocaust generation, Rabbi Kagan of Radin, Poland, correctly predicted the Second World War, the destruction of its Jews, the demise of Communism in seventy years, and the fact that Jews in Israel would not perish along with Jews in Europe.
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 The Oral Law of the Jews or
As far as they sat in that seat, that is, they based their judgements on the written Law of God, so far they were to be observed and obeyed.
But verse 3, their works, the works of the oral law, were their traditions – their strained interpretations and perversions of the law.
The theory of the oral law was an invention of the Pharisees.
www.nwchurch-of-god.org.uk /docs/passover/oral_law.htm   (3127 words)

 The Oral Law (Part 2) - Christian Classics - Praize   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
If the enemy had a “Bible commentary” it would be the Oral Law that he has used to cut the LIGHT down coming off the Old Covenant and the Tenach.
It is the Oral Law that in a sense codified the traditions that made the word of God of none effect by the Rabbi’s.
Putting together your own personal study of the Oral Law and its falsehood is a vital tool in the hand of anyone trying to lead a Jew to their Messiah.
www.praize.com /classics/article.php?id=1968   (679 words)

 Adding To Torah: The Problem With The Oral Law (Messianic Judaism)
The Pirkei Avot teaches that the oral tradition/oral laws were passed down from Moshe to Joshua, etc. And since they weren't codified into the Mishnah until about 200 CE, it's pretty difficult to ascertain when the oral tradition first began.
Joshua makes no mention of the oral laws he supposedly received, nor is any attempt shown on his part to pass it along to others who would follow.
Not only does Scripture not mention any oral law being given alongside the written Torah, it goes further to warn NOT to add to written Torah.
www.lightofmashiach.org /oraltradition.html   (865 words)

 The Oral Law
Without the oral law, this verse is up to more speculation and interpretation than one could ever hope to wade through.
Without the oral law, these verses would be hopelessly misinterpreted in a thousand different ways.
Zechariah 8:19 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth [month], and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace.
www.messiahtruth.com /orallaw.html   (1304 words)

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