The Chosen Place is not Jerusalem!
    According to Judaism there is only one place where offerings to YHWH can be made–the temple in Jerusalem. Without it, Jews are not authorized to bring offerings at all. This understanding comes from the book of Deuteronomy, which over 20 times mentions a “chosen place” as the only location for offerings and pilgrimage feasts. Surprisingly, an objective read of Deuteronomy itself, paired with ancient manuscript evidence, verses from the Song of the Sea in Exodus, history...
    By Troy Leaver 2018-04-15 12:32:00 0 1945
    Answering Tovia Singer on the Oral Torah
    A friend recently suggested that Tovia Singer had some convincing arguments in favor of the oral Torah, so I pulled up a short video of his, documenting some of those arguments, and decided to write this response. I place a high value on the work of Tovia Singer, and have watched and appreciated many of his videos. However, when it comes to the oral Torah, I’m simply not in agreement. I will detail the reasons for this as I examine each claim made in the video below. My position on the...
    By Troy Leaver 2017-08-06 11:04:00 1 1024
    Is the Oral Torah Divine?
    Today’s rabbinic Judaism is governed not just by the Hebrew Scriptures, but also by the Talmud, a written collection of oral traditions. After the destruction of Jerusalem in the first century CE and the exile of the Jewish people, it was feared that Jewish tradition would be lost, and around 200 CE Rabbi Judah the Prince redacted the Mishnah. The Mishnah is but one component of the Talmud, but it is the component I will discuss in this article. The Mishnah is what is sometimes referred...
    By Troy Leaver 2017-08-03 17:35:00 0 1101
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