Monthly Archives: December 2012

Jewish Philosophy 5: Is Torah in Heaven II

JP 5 – Not in Heaven 2 JP 5 sources – Not in Heaven Supplement Was God’s stated preference for R’ Eliezer’s position merely a test? If so, how would the Rabbis know when a ‘bat kol’ is reliable and … Continue reading

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Jewish Philosophy 4: Is Torah in Heaven?

JP 4 – Not in Heaven lo bashamayim sources What role does direct Divine Intervention play in Jewish Law? If the halachah should be X, and a voice from God says it’s Y, who do we follow? What right did … Continue reading

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Jewish Philosphy 3 – Elu v’Elu Applied: The ‘Incident’ of Dinah

JP 3 – Dinah What happened to Dinah in the Bible; was she raped, or was the relationship consensual? Can the disagreeing commentaries all be truth? If the relationship was consensual, why did Shimon and Levi react so violently? If … Continue reading

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Jewish Philosophy 2 – Elu v’Elu continued

JP 2 – Elu vElu 2 Are minority opinions in halacha bereft of truth, less truthful than majority opinions, or equally truthful as majority opinions?  In this class, we explore numerous different opinions on the subject over the pas millennium.

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Jewish philosophy 1 – Elu v’Elu – Plurality In Jewish law

JP 1 – Elu vElu Why do we study minority opinions which are not followed under Jewish law? Are minority opinions ‘truth’? Can there be more than one truth regarding a matter of law?  Regarding interpretation of a biblical verse? … Continue reading

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