[b-hebrew] daughters jacob never spoke of
rosewalk at concentric.net
Fri Jun 23 19:43:05 EDT 2006
There's so much more to the "story" and the commandments than the written text
Ok I accept that you read these statements as attempts to persuade
readers of the validity and absolute truth of Oral Torah.
But from MY point of view, I was sharing, not persuading.
Since I do believe that Torah is absolute truth, when I share my
beliefs, I think that no matter how I say it, you would think I was
proselytizing, and if I contribute to discussions on this list, it
will always be from that perspective, so I am doomed in advance....
As for science and archeology, there really are many examples. I
don't agree that if I tell this to the group, tell the group of the
wisdom of the Torah,it is proselytizing.
Shoshanna, I refer to statements of yours like:
> It is not chauvanistic to say that you won't get a proper education
>or understanding if you don't learn the material. It is a true
>thing to say, that you can't understand Torah from just the written
> As far as archeology and increasing scientific knowledge, over and
>over again, they "discover" what Torah, including Oral Torah, and
>those who taught and wrote down Torah, taught thousands of years ago
>and extracted during that time.
I read these as attempts to persuade readers of the validity and
absolute truth of Oral Torah.
> You give me the impression that you reject out of hand anything
>that comes from Oral Torah. If that's true, isn't that less
>tolerant than my position?
I do not consider it authoritative or to derive from Moses, although
doubtless much of it is good teaching from godly rabbis. But I am not
presenting my position as absolute truth or attempting to convert
anyone else to it.
E-mail: peter at qaya.org
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