Tuesday, September 03, 2019

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    by Reb Gutman Locks  


     The Talmud contains additional Oral instructions that came along with the Written Torah that Hashem gave to the Jewish people through Moshe, our Teacher. These teachings were not allowed to be written for many centuries, but then, when the sages saw that these explanations were being lost, they had to be written down.

     There are two main collections of the Talmud, the Yerushalmi and the Bavli. The Yerushalmi contains the Oral teachings as explained by the rabbis in the Land of Israel, and the Bavli features the teachings as explained by rabbis of Babylon.

      There is a general principle when learning these two versions of the Talmud. When there is a disagreement between them concerning a matter of physical halacha (Jewish Law) we follow the Bavli. And when there is a disagreement between the two versions on a spiritual matter, we follow the Yerushalmi.

     This basic principle reflects in our lives today. When calculating the physical aspects of life, a Jew might very well hold by the Bavli, i.e. live in America or other physically prosperous countries. And when calculating the spiritual benefits in life, a Jew will certainly hold by the Yerushalmi, that is, he or she will live in the Holy Land, and as close to Jerusalem as they can.



1 comment:

  1. Good explanation. The main thing for people who are unaware is to know the Oral Torah was given alongside the Written Torah at Har Sinai. This is what the non-Jewish world would not accept and we suffered much for their hatred for this truth, such as the burning of the Talmud in France in the 13th century.


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