Rabbi Triebitz discusses the most fundamental questions which is – What is the Oral Law?
Why do we have both Oral and Written Torah? When was the Oral Law (i.e. Mishna) written down? What difference does it make in our approach to Oral and Written Torahs? Who is entitled to make divrei Torah, and who can decide halachos?
Warning: This shiur may harm your prayer. Listen at your own risk!
Rabbi Triebitz continues with chapter 59 of Moreh Nevuchim and addresses the fundamental issue of how to pray to a G-d who cannot be described or thought about. How are we supposed to relate to the G-d of negative theology.
The answers that the Rambam gives are interesting and surprising.
Rabbi Triebitz examines the Netziv’s views on the development of the Talmud (taken from his commentary Haamek Sheila on the Sheiltos). He looks at the difference between mesorah and pilpul – described by the Netziv as Aish and Das.