[b-hebrew] oral law

Peter Kirk peter at qaya.org
Sat Jun 24 12:26:04 EDT 2006

On 24/06/2006 01:02, Shoshanna Walker wrote:
> Yes I did.
> Shabbat Shalom, I can't answer this thread anymore after today, 
> correct? and candle lighting is in 10 minutes.
You wrote:
> I am looking 
> at the Hebrew in this verse.  You can slaughter the animals as I have 
> commanded.

But you didn't say which verse. Presumably we are permitted to discuss 
the interpretation of the Hebrew of a particular verse, but we can't do 
so if you don't tell us which verse. You also wrote
> The written text tells us which texts 
> to put into the Tefillin, but it doesn't tell us how to make them, 
> how to tie them, and more.

Of course it doesn't. That's because such matters, like so many details 
of religious practice, are not divinely specified. If this verse, I 
suppose you mean Deuteronomy 6:8, is intended to be taken literally at 
all, God did not choose to specify exactly how these commandments were 
to be tied to hands and foreheads because this was a matter for each 
person, or each community, to decide for themselves. And that is what 
happened; one community's decision on these details has become 
traditional Jewish teaching and practice. But what matters to God is not 
the details the principle behind it.

Peter Kirk
E-mail:  peter at qaya.org
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