Fact-checking Torah, like fact-checking any other urban legend, means going back to the source. Besides finding the source, you have to read the source.
You thought I was going to ask the question this time but I want to explain one more part of the process to you before we get into any discussions.
Remember I said that the things I learn or experience contribute to my understanding of things that I read, so that when I re-read them, they mean more to me.
They also mean something different.
I predict that if you keep reading this thread on the blog, what Torah means to you may be different from what it means now.
I’m trying to manage your expectations.
I am not going to show that your urban legends have some truth in them because I already said, I don’t care what those urban legends say. They aren’t the source. The source is Torah.
I am going to tell you things that you didn’t know before.
When you decide to QUESTION ME!! Part of the time you will be upset because I’m telling you something you didn’t know before. And that’s when you’re going to tell me one of the urban legends that you already were sure of. Since it’s an urban legend, you won’t be able to tell me the source.
And I’m going to tell you that it’s an urban legend and since you can’t give me the source, I won’t take your question into account.
If you have absolutely no intention of learning anything that says something different from the urban legends you were sure of, then this thread is going to constantly upset you and you will be constantly frustrated because I won’t pay attention to your objections based on your urban legends.
Then you will try to make me feel guilty by saying that I am trying to brainwash you or convert you. It won’t work.
It won’t work because I am telling you now, that you have the right to believe what you want.
That means you don’t have to read this thread at all. I never intended to come around and hold a pistol to people’s heads to make them read this.
It’s up to you. If you’re happy with your urban legends, you don’t need to read this thread.
If you read this thread, you may learn things that will make you re-think your urban legends.
You may decide you don’t agree with your urban legends any more.
You may decide you don’t agree any more with the people who told you those urban legends.
Don’t tell them that. They have the same right you do to keep believing those urban legends.
I’m not here to interfere with your right to believe what you want.
I’m here to tell you that if you already have started not to believe the urban legends, you may have the same questions as dozens of other people who posted those questions to the discussion group. I’m here to tell you what the answers to their questions were.
And then it will be up to you to learn how I got those answers, and try to use those methods to answer the questions I don’t answer.
So while you are meditating on Exodus 21:24-25, you have time to think what you really want from reading this thread, and if you realize you want to hear confirmation of your urban legends, you have another choice to make.
You can change what you want. Or you can decide not to read the rest of the thread.
I know how much information is ahead because I’ve drafted the rest of the thread, and at one post a week, it will take about 3 years to post all the information. I’ll say more about that next week.
If you don't have a Bible and don't read Hebrew, you can go here and get a copy in English.
You can learn about fallacies and how to find them here.
Hebrew language: (two parts)
Aramaic language (for Talmud):
Jewish Bible read out loud (mostly in Hebrew):
Babylonian Talmud audio and text
Jerusalem Talmud audio
Tannakh, Talmuds, Midrash Halakhah http://www.mechon-mamre.org/index.htm
Midrash Aggadah http://www.tsel.org/torah/midrashraba/index.html
Talmud in PDF http://www.hebrewbooks.com/
There are audio lectures at the following sites which use a medieval commentary, famous among Jews, by Rabbi Shelomo ben Yitschaq, AKA Rashi.
Beta.chabad.org – find Rabbi Yehoshua Gordon’s Torah video lessons
www.dafyomi.org – find R. David Grossman’s Torah audio lessons
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