Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Section 3: Torah
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What is the Written Law?
What are the books of the Jewish Bible (Tanakh)?
Why, in the Tanakh, does G-d have so many Names?
Who wrote the Torah?
What is the Oral Law?
How was the Oral and Written Law passed down to us?
What is the Great Assembly (Anshe Knessest HaGedolah)?
Who are the Zugot (pairs)?
What is the Mishna?
What is the relationship between the Mishna and the Torah?
What are the Orders of the Mishna?
What is the Tosefta?
What is the relationship between the Tosefta and the Mishna?
What is the Gemara and what is the Talmud?
What is the Talmud?
What is Talmud Yerushalmi?
What is Talmud Bavli?
What is Rashi's commentary on the Talmud?
What is the Tosafot?
Who wrote the Tosafot?
What is the relationship of the Tosefta to the Talmuds?
What are Baraitot?
What are the extra-canonical (minor) tractates?
What is a Midrash?
What are Halakhic (or Tannaitic) Midrashim?
What are the main Halakhic Midrashim?
What are the main Exegetical Midrashim?
What are the main Homiletic Midrashim?
What are the Midrashim on the Five Megillot (aka The So-Called Rabbot)?
What are some other important Haggadic works?
What is the Sefer Yetzirah (The Book of Creation)?
What is Sefer haBahir, The Bahir (The Book of Illumination)?
What is The Zohar?
What are the Major Codes of Jewish Law?
What is the Rif (Hilkhot of Rav Alfassi)?
What is the Mishneh Torah (Yad Ha-Hazaqah , Sefer Mehoqeq)?
What is the Sefer Mitzvot Gadol (The Semag)?
What is the Arba'ah Turim (The Tur , The Four Rows)?
What is the Shulkhan Arukh?
What is the Hamappah of Rabbi Moshe Isserles?
What is the Kitzur Shulkhan Arukh?
What is the Mishnah Berurah?
What Other Codes of Jewish Law Are Used by Non-Orthodox Jewish Movements?
What is the Meaning of 'All is Futile' from the beginning of Ecclesiastes?
What does it mean in the psalm of Habakkuk when it says that G-d hides His power?
What is meant by G-d's throne and the Serphim worshiping him in Isaiah 6:1-6?
Why is G-d referred to in the plural in the book of Genesis?
What is the Mekhilta on Deuteronomy?
What is the first commandment in the Torah?
What happened to the garments mentioned in Exodus 29:21 after they became blood stained?
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