The Oral Tradition of the Written Law 01

This series of shiurim is sponsored anonymously and is l’ilui nishmat Michael Yirmiyahu (Jeremy) haCohen Barkan.

In this series of shiurim Rabbi Triebitz will examine how Chazal viewed the Written Torah, and but f it is written in english it is in cursive letters, and how it developed.
The starting point is the Talmud in Gittin 60a where there is an argument between Rabbi Yochanan and Reish Lakish about how the Torah was given. Rabbi Yochanan says it was given as separate scrolls, and Reish Lakish says it was given as a complete document.

Rabbi Triebitz then moves on to look at Temurah 15b and Sukkah 20a.

He also uses the Epistle (Iggeret) of Rav Sherira Gaon

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3 thoughts on “The Oral Tradition of the Written Law 01

  1. micha

    I don’t know where R’ Treibitz is going with Hillel’s new text, but…

    I am pretty convinced by RSRHirsch’s rebuttal to Graetz’s claim that Hillel invented the middos and thus Shammai’s position is the antithesis to his thesis.

    Aside from what I found the more convincing bit — RSRH actually counts out the machloqesin Beis Shammai and Beis Hillel, enumerating about how many involve deOraisos and how many each uses derashah. Actually the evidence runs the other way.

    The relevent bit… RSRH points out that the Benei Beseira challenge Hillel’s derashos on the grounds of derashah. Not that the idea is new to them. Quite on the contrary, the BB had mastered the art well enough to poke holes in those particular derashos.

    If so, what’s new about Hillel’s “text”? And why attribute it to Hillel, whose school invokes fewer derashos than Shammai’s?

    I await future shiurim. I’m just trying to influence the syllabus a little.


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