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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • The Wool Over Your Eyes
    The idiom “pulling the wool over your eyes” has its origins in America, but its precise origin is unclear. Some speculate that it originated from the English (and for a short time American) judicial custom of judges and lawyers wearing woolen wigs during court proceedings, with the expression suggestive of a deceptive attorney pulling the judge’s wig over his eyes as a means...
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