Thursday, July 19, 2012

Evil Talmud or Torah Ignorance?

Torah Ignorance

Not knowing Aleph from your elbow!
A typical attack on Orthodox Jews goes something like this: “You Jews with your Oral Torah/ Rabbinic Judaism/ Talmud, have added to the written Torah. In great triumph they quote Deuteronomy 12:32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: you shall not add thereto, nor diminish from it., to say look you YOU HAVE GOT IT ALL WRONG AND ARE ALL GOING TO HELL etc.. My response to such nonsense is to point out and ask what they blow on Rosh Hoshana. Their response is “its a shofar or a trumpet, it says so in Numbers 29:1 and in Leviticus 23:24″. I point out to them that their translations add trumpet/ shofar but the Hebrew of these verses do not have a Hebrew word for trumpet or shofar. On what basis? The sages, the same ones’ whose words are recorded in the Talmud inform us that the day of blowing (יוֹם תְּרוּעָה) is a day of blowing the shofar! After this they tend to get a bit ruffled when I suggest that since the written Torah does not say what to blow and they are not to add to the Torah, then may be the best they could do is blow their noses.

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