Re: Oral law from Sinai

RabbiMarkS@aol.com
Sun, 25 May 1997 01:11:20 -0400 (EDT)

Steven Smolin asked:
>Must the Jew, by definition, believe that the Talmud (oral tradition)
>was given in its entirety to Moses at Sinai?

It is a fundemental belief that the Oral Torah was also given at the
revelation at Sinai. If not so, many of the things we do would be man made
or unknown. For instance, we know we cannot cook milk in meat (this in
itself would not be so simple without the Talmud) but we'd never know how
to shecht (slaughter) an animal without the Oral Law. This is just one of
many such examples.

Rabbi Mark Schaffel
Chicago, IL
Bulls Drive for Five
RabbiMarkS@aol.com