I don't much about Judaism but I am interested in how the commentaries of learned Rabbis over the centuries are added back and forth as a dialogue. This seems like an interesting meeting point of philosophical method and spirituality. What texts would I go to for this? Is this in the Talmud or some other volumes?
God's former covenant, the one of the flesh rather than the spirit. Important religion in its time.
Rabbinic Judaism, on the other hand, is a bad religion.
>Rabbinic Judaism or Rabbinism (Hebrew: יהדות רבנית Yahadut Rabanit) has been the mainstream form of Judaism since the 6th century CE, after the codification of the Babylonian Talmud. Growing out of Pharisaic Judaism
My family is Jewish and I think its pretty fun. We eat a bunch on Passover. Get a bunch of gifts on Hanukkah. And get mad wasted on Rosh Hashanah. Jewish food is top notch. Don't call myself Jewish because I still have my penis head and I haven't finished the Hebrew Bible yet (got the Torah out of the way, and unrelated to the Bible, but I've also read the Kabbalah).
>the Torah Written text, supposedly given to Moses by God at the Sinai. Correspond to the five first books of the Old Testament
The Old Testament. Made up of the God-given Torah + prophecies and religious writings by kings and saints (so man-made, by God-inspired).
>The oral Torah Oral tradition, supposedly given to Moses by God with the written Torah. Is the basis of rabinic judaism, which is mainstream judaism. Some fringe jewish groups reject the oral tradition, one of the complaint (among others) being that it relies too much on rabinic authority and not enough on rationality.
The oral tradition supposedly is a "key" to the understanding of the written Torah and stand equal to it.
The you have
>The Talmud mainly made up of >The Mishna a compendium of authoritative discussions and case studies by some of the first and most respected rabbis. Includes the detail of the discussions as well as the conclusions. >The Guemara an extensive commentary of the Mishna.
Then there is the commentaries of that commentary, and the commentaries of those commentaries...
But simply put you need to read first the Old Testament, then the Talmud (the Jerusalem Talmud as well as the Babylon Talmud). Beware, it requires a lot of study (if you're taking one page a day that's seven year of study, and if you really want to get to the bottom of things one page a day is not too slow). And you'll have to get familiar with Hebrew somewhere down the line.
But if you're simply interested in getting some exposure to it, out of mere curiosity, I'd say read the old Testament then go to the nearest synagigue and ask the rabbi if you can attend lectures. Shouldn't be a problem if the synagogue is not some big institute-like center. Also, if you're not ethnically jewish (jewish by maternal line) they won't try to convert you so you can study without worry.
Went to Israel/Palestine over the summer, got to see the Aleppo Codex. It's unbelievable that a group of people had this kind of cohesion and devotion to preserving their racial memory. Jews are everything gentile white people aspire to be. Maybe that's why so many of us hate them, it's jealousy.
>>17225 I've always thought that the founding principles of Judaism were interesting. To speculate: I'd say that the fact they lived in a hot desert caused the dietary restrictions, and the harsh conditions of life caused them to believe they were a chosen people. They wanted to preserve their lives, and needed a strong reason. What better than that they were the best and the world and shouldn't die out? It may seem cynical, but their tenacity is amazing. Are there any historical records of events described in the Talmud? Unlikely, as they happened so long ago, I guess
>>22468 Actually Jews didn't believe they were Chosen. Well, they did, but not in the way people think they did. They thought that they were instruments of God when others refused to obey him. Not that they and only they could appeal to God. According to their own beliefs they were only Chosen for a brief period of time and believe that anyone who follows the teachings is on the exact same level as them whether they were Jewish born or not.
>>22703 There's no one point in time you can really look at and point to. They're still Chosen to this day technically as God said the Covenant lasts forever, but their job was to spread the idea of God and his teachings, but a gentile can get into The World to Come (heaven basically) by simply being a good person, it doesn't even matter if they're Jewish or not, and it never has mattered. So what's the significance of the Chosen status? basically they do more work to stay close to God but if you'd ask 'well what do I get out of it' nothing really. The Chosen status doesn't really mean anything and some Rabbis have even talked about dropping it to remove confusion.
>>23903 I'm not Jewish and if I was it wouldn't make a difference as there are two Jews (ethnicity) and Jews (followers of Judaism, religion of the Jewish ethnicity). Although it may be confusing many Jews are non-Jews, such as Ethiopian Jews. In Judaism however, all are supposed to be treated the same. There's even a book in the bible of the Book of Ruth which covers this. It has nothing to do with race.
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