3 edition of Riddle of the Torah found in the catalog.
Caption title.A lecture delivered in the John Rylands Library, on the 10th of March, 1943.Reprinted from the Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, v. 21, no. 2, June, 1943.Bibliographical footnotes.
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In one of the oldest mishnaic statements it is taught that Torah is one of the three things by which the world is sustained. rejected this belief on the grounds that it contradicts the principle of creation ex nihilo. The secular Zionism of the late 19 th and early 20 th centuries gave religious thinkers new cause to define the relationship between the Torah and the Jewish nation.
One rabbi held that the concept of Israel existed in God's mind even before He created the Torah. According to biblical stories, Moses ascended into heaven to capture the Torah from the angels. " Joseph Albo criticized Maimonides for listing the belief in the eternity of the Torah as an independent fundamental belief of Judaism.
Where could God have kept a preexistent Torah?the Torah in its entirety was revealed by God.however, opposed the rationalist interpretation. Similarly, the raised the problem of time. When Eliezer ben Hyrcanus and Joshua ben Hananiah were debating a point of Torah and a voice from heaven dramatically announced that Eliezer's position was correct, Joshua refused to recognize its testimony, for the Torah "is not in heaven", and must be interpreted by men, unaided by the supernatural.
The message of the Torah is for all mankind. 15 was expounded, according to which creation is renewed every 7,000 years, at which times the letters of the Torah reassemble, and the Torah enters the new cycle bearing different words and meanings.
He concluded that while one must open himself to the entire teaching of the Torah, he need only accept a particular law of the Torah if he feels that it is being spoken now to him.
considered the Torah a political law, but he affirmed its divine nature. 2 The welfare of the soul intellectwhich consists in the true perfection of man, his acquisition of immortality through intellection of the highest things. Eleazar ben Shammua said: "Were it not for the Torah, heaven and earth would not continue to exist". Buber saw the Torah as the past dialogue between Israel and God, and the present dialogue between the individual reader, the I, riddle of the Torah God, the Thou.
Thus, while eternal in its unrevealed state, the Torah, in its manifestation in creation, is destined to be abrogated. The kabbalists taught that the Torah is a living organism. He contended that the belief that God revealed the Torah is the starting point of Judaism, and that this belief, with its momentous implications concerning the riddle of the Torah of God and His relation to man, cannot be attained by philosophy.
" The Septuagint rendered the Hebrew torah by the Greek nomos "law"probably in the sense of a living network of traditions and customs of a people. He held that the Torah is divisible into two parts: 1 commandments which, in addition to being revealed, are demanded by reason e.
When Eliezer ben Hyrcanus and Joshua ben Hananiah were debating a point of Torah and a voice from heaven dramatically announced that Eliezer's position was correct, Joshua refused to recognize its testimony, for the Torah "is not in heaven", and must be interpreted by men, unaided by the supernatural.
Thus, while eternal in its unrevealed state, the Torah, in its manifestation in creation, is destined to be abrogated.
With the rise of the science of Judaism Wissenschaft des Judentums in the 19 th century, and the advance of the historical-critical approach to the Torah, many Jewish intellectuals, including ideologists of Reform like , followed Spinoza in seeing the Torah, at least in part, as a product of the primitive history of the Jewish nation.