TORAH 101 - By Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe
By Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe
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An introduction to Torah by Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe. We will address many of the common questions that people have regarding Torah. We will begin with a traditional response to higher Bible critism and delve into the question of the authorship of the Torah. Next we will deconstruct and demystify the concepts of Oral Torah. Lastly, we will dive into the more than twenty reasons why Jews are obsessed with Torah study.
||#11: Lost in Transmission: What Happens When Errors Occur in Oral Torah||The Jewish nation is entrusted with the task of preserving and perpetuating the Torah mistake-free. We have previously seen the vast ordinances in place to prevent errors. Yet humans are fallible and mistakes happen.||1/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||#10: Codifying the Oral Torah||At the end of the second century of the common era a fateful decision was made to commit the Jewish Law, known as Mishna, to writing. What prompted this dramatic change? What are the unique methodologies employed in this project?||12/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||#9: Clear and Convincing Evidence to the Error-Free Transmission of the Oral Torah||The integrity of Jewish law, and by extension the dream of a great Jewish destiny, hinged upon the accurate transmission of an enormous body of law orally for 1400 years. Indeed, a fundamental principle of Jewish faith is that the same Torah given to M||12/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||#8: Why Moses Didn’t Simply Write Down the Oral Torah?||For nearly a millennia and a half, the entire corpus of Oral Torah was transmitted orally from generation to generation; parents to their children and teachers to their students. Moreover, a fierce prohibition was established to prevent its writing and.||12/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||#7: Introduction to Oral Torah||What are the four components of Oral Torah? What are the four elements of the Oral Torah that are not sourced in the Written Torah? What are some of the classical pieces of evidence proving the existence of the Oral Torah?||12/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||#6: Incontrovertible Evidence to the Divinity of the Torah||We explore the intricate interrelationship between written and oral Torah and determine that the creation of such a labyrinthine tapestry is beyond the capacity to man. ——– This podcast was recorded live at the TORCH Centre in Houston, TX.||11/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||#5: An Unprecedented Eternal Nation||We explore some predictions in the Torah that have come true and ponder how a human author could have known the future. ——– This podcast was recorded live at the TORCH Centre in Houston, TX. Please visit torchweb.||11/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||#4: The Cognitive Dissonance to the Veracity of the Torah and why Sinai Denial is on Shakier Intellectual Grounds than Holocaust Denial||We face internal resistance to the notion of a God-given Torah because that can create a divide between our beliefs and behaviors. How do we respond to the tumult caused by this revelation? ——- This podcast was recorded live at the TORCH Centre in H||11/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||#3: Implications of the Authorship of the Torah||Why it matters who wrote the Torah. ——- This podcast was recorded live at the TORCH Centre in Houston, TX. Please visit torcweb.org for program details and to make a donation. If you enjoy this podcast please subscribe and check out my other podcas||10/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||#2: The Fallacy of the Bible Critics||We continue our dissection of the various options regarding the authorship of the Torah. ——- This podcast was recorded live at the TORCH Centre in Houston, TX. Please visit torcweb.org for program details and to make a donation.||10/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||#1: Who Wrote the Torah||The authorship of the Torah is a highly consequential matter to clarify. If it is – as Jews have traditionally believed – the word of God, then it holds eternal absolute value for all. If it is not the word of God then it is no different than any||10/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Thorough coverage of important topics
This podcast is perfect for listeners on any level of Torah learning. The ideas presented are of great importance and centrality, but are too often overlooked by all but beginners. To have someone as clear and sophisticated as Rabbi Wolbe speak about them is refreshing and enjoyable, even to someone already very advanced in traditional Jewish studies.
I can only complain that there are not enough episodes!! Please keep the wonderful material coming.
Thank you Rabbi
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