If you follow the category links on the right hand side, you’ll find the old entries on this. During my first venture into this, I first put up about 170 of the Taryag Mitzvos (613, in case you never spent any time as a Chassid).
Then I put up about 170 prophecies from the Bible of who the Messiah was.
These were important, especially since I discredited the Oral Torah. THe Torah She’beaal Peh, or Oral torah is just what it reads like – The P’rushim movement in Roman era Israel was a strong minority, trying to push for a renewed Judaism based upon the Oral Torah. But the problem was – there was no oral torah (hold that thought – I’m about to re-rpove that for those recently joining this newly resumed discussion). So, they had to invent one. The first thing they did was start with Pirke Avos, which became the heart of the Mishneh. After that, they began serious work on the Mishneh.
The mishneh came to an abrupt halt, and then the Gemara was started. We all know this. If you went to Cheder, you were probably taught this. I had to learn this from self study, since my family was extremely assimilated, and my parents wanted nothing to do with any form of Orthodoxy.
So, if the Oral Torah ALWAYS Existed…. why then didn’t it mention any Rabbi’s before the Mishnaic period???
“Well, there WERE no Rabbi’s. It was the Priesthood. But Ezra taught the Oral Torah at the Great Synagogue.”
So, Ezra, at the rebuilding of Jerusalem, and the repairing of the gates and the Beis Miqdash… stood there and read to the Kehillat, “Rabbi Judah The Prince taught, there are seven kinds of…”?
This would be the same Rabbi Judah who would not be born for six centuries, right?
“Well, no. The Oral Torah back then didn’t have the Gemara in it.”
Okay, then they read the Mishneh. Like, the teachings of Choni the Circle Drawer, who was born after the Maccabees.
“well, no. They didn’t have that part either.”
Okay, find me ONE PART of the Mishneh, which existed in Ezra’s time. Where are these teachings that Ezra and Nehemiah taught Kehillat Yisrael?
Hm. There are no parts of the Mishneh that old. Everything is post-Maccabbee.
The real issue here is, God put in place the Kohenim. The priests, if you speak as much Hebrew and Yiddish as I did growing up, which was little. I actually learned more Yiddish growing up, and zero Hebrew.
Man put in place the Rabbi’s. Who do we find quoted in the Gemara? The Rabbi’s. Not the priests.
Really, when you look at it… today’s Judaism looks about as much like Biblical Judaism as the Talmud looks like the Bible.
The Bible is full of Authority. “And the LORD Spoke unto Moses, saying….”
THe Talmud is full of man’s opinions and arguments. “And so taught Rabbi Zusya. But there is a PROB-lem….”
So, where do we turn to?
The Gemara. The Talmud.
We’re supposed to be the people of the book, but we actually abandoned it! We read the Torah portion, and the Haftarah, and if you’re part of the Lubavitch tradition, you read the Psalms every month.
What about the parts of the Bible that AREN’T the haftarah? What about Proverbs? What about Isaiah? What about Jeremiah? CAn you quote me ONE verse in the Bible from Isaiah or Jeremiah?
I can think of gentiles who can. A lot of them, as a matter of fact. About 200 of them read this blog. They read their Bibles. Many of them study it the way you study the Daf.
And they know more about God’s word than Jews.
Let’s try this. Read God’s word. Put aside the writings and opinions of man. Read God’s word. Read the Bible.
And ask yourself if what’s in your daily Daf is really Judaism? Or something the Rabbi’s invented?