REL 301 Review Questions 4.docx - 1 At the very core of Torah tradition is the concept of mitzvot The Hebrew word mitzvot when translated

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1. At the very core of Torah tradition is the concept of mitzvot. The Hebrew word mitzvot, when translated, lmeans "commandments." It would be reasonable to describe the Judaism as religion of “divine commandments.” Mitzvot, which in turn, refers to the 613 commandments that the biblical God imparted on the Israelites. Each of these mitzvot was viewed as an essential link in a chain of re religious laws that could not and would not be broken. Overtime, these commandments have tried to be categorized by positive and negative precepts. They can be found in the Torah, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible. 2. The word Torah literally means "teaching." There are also two other meanings that can be derived from the word Torah. In its most restrictive sense, when reference is made to the scrolls of Torah, it refers to the first five books of the Hebrew Bible. Another expansive use of the word can be found in the notion of referring to a comprehensive collection of commentaries on the biblical law call the “Oral Torah.” In its less restrictive sense, it

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