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    • Yonatan
    • 18.10.07 | 18:36 (IST)

    "Look at the first Perek of Pirkai Avot. There is supposed to be a continuous line from Moshe to us" Anyone who reads the Torah objectibely - and that is a hard thing to do, I admit - will reach the conclusion that it was not written by Moses, nor even by one man; nor was the Torah handed down at Sinai, but grew by a long process of composition and editng over the space of several centuries. There is even a dispute in the Talmud over who wrote the last 8 verses of the Torah, Moses having died. In that Baraitha, the majority ruled that Joshua wrote the verses, and that is why this Baraitha was not accepted int o the Mishna. But it did reach the Gemara. Now how can you decide about the Mosaic origin of the Torah ore even part of it by majority vote? What I'm trying to say is that the Written Torah, and the Oral Torah which depends on it, are both human creations, and, as such, can be emended in accordance with the times.

    from the article: Zionist rabbis agree to serve on independent conversion courts
    First published 00:00 18.10.07 | Last updated 00:00 18.10.07
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