Torah Studies


The Methodology of Halakhah

Judaism is unique in its teaching that study is not merely a means but an end, not merely an end among ends, but the highest and noblest of human aspirations. Study of torah for its own sake is a sacramental act, the great of all mizvot. Throughout the generations Torah scholars were willing to live in poverty and deprivation in order to devote themselves to study. Every Jew, […]


THE WORLD IS SUSTAINED BY THREE THINGS

משנה מסכת אבות פרק א משנה ב שמעון הצדיק היה משירי כנסת הגדולה הוא היה אומר על שלשה דברים העולם עומד על התורה ועל העבודה ועל גמילות חסדים   משנה יח רבן שמעון בן גמליאל אומר על שלשה דברים העולם עומד על הדין ועל האמת ועל השלום שנאמר (זכריה ח) אמת ומשפט שלום שפטו בשעריכם Pirke Avot, Mishneh 2: Shimeon Ha Tzaddik, one of the last remaining members […]


THE CONCEPT OF OBLIGATION

C.I. Lewis, the well-known 20th century American philosopher from Harvard notes in his book The Ground and Nature of the Right that the concept of obligation pervades all of human thinking. Obligation does not refer only to Moral behavior – it applies to every aspect of thinking and behavior that can called right as opposed to wrong. There is a right and wrong way to calculate numbers. There […]


THE CONCEPT OF OBLIGATION

C.I. Lewis, the well-known 20th century American philosopher from Harvard notes in his book The Ground and Nature of the Right that the concept of obligation pervades all of human thinking. Obligation does not refer only to Moral behavior – it applies to every aspect of thinking and behavior that can called right as opposed to wrong. There is a right and wrong way to calculate numbers. There […]


U.S. Congress on Noahide Laws

  H.J.RES.104 — To designate March 26, 1991, as `Education Day, U.S.A.’. (Enrolled Bill [Final as Passed Both House and Senate] – ENR)  –H.J.Res.104– H.J.Res.104 One Hundred Second Congress of the United States of AmericaAT THE FIRST SESSIONBegun and held at the City of Washington on Thursday, the third day of January, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-one Joint Resolution To designate March 26, 1991, as `Education Day, […]


LAW IS THE CONCERN OF ALL HUMANITY

Law is the concern of all humanity…”Pray for the welfare of the state” (Avot 3:2), for it is the state that establishes law in the land: “The king by justice establishes the land” (Proverbs 29:2). And all of this is equally true of non-Jewish governments, for the descendants of Noah were also commanded concerning dinim. (Rav Avraham Koo, introduction to tractate Sanhedrin (1934) (see R. Moshe Tzvi Neriah, […]


R. YAAKOV ANATOLI ON B’NAI NOACH

When the descendants of Noah were commanded concerning dinim, the commandment was only that they establish laws among themselves, for the world rests on law. Thus also, even after the Sinai revelation: the judges were directed to establish legal norms suited to their nations concerning what had not been commanded. And so it is practiced today among the nations. Merchants and artisans were also instructed to establish regulations […]


THE LAWS INCUMBENT UPON THE NATIONS

The meaning of their (B’Nai Noach) obligation of dinim is that they are required to established laws of honesty and right behavior; they are not bound by the laws of the Bible except those that were commanded explicitly (e.g. prohibition of murder, etc.). That which Israel was commanded, to judge between one man and another, was not addressed to the descendants of Noah. (Hazon Ish, Baba Kama 10:3) […]


THE TORAH AND THE WORLD 3

    TWELVE QUESTIONS Lets explore some primary questions and issues concerning Judaism and the relationship of Torah learning and practice to the modern world. 1. What is Jewish Identity? 2. What makes Torah Law unique among Systems of Law? 3. What are those factors which bind Torah and the Jewish People to the Universal Understandings of all men? 4. What are the logical grounds and basic assumptions […]