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Unformatted text preview: there is the ‘Oral Torah’, known as the Talmud. The Talmud is the tradition
handed down from the time of the giving of the Torah, the Laws and Commandments at Sinai to the
Jewish People, and is the complement by which the Written Torah is explained expounded and made
much more comprehensible. The “Written Torah” very often contains ambiguities and vague
commandments, which were understood quite well by Moses and the people who heard them but later
generations forgot them or did not understand how they were to be followed.
This tradition and explanation was handed down from teacher to pupil by word of mouth that
is ‘Orally’ for some 1,500 years. However, at the time of the Roman persecution some 2,000 years
ago, when it was forbidden to teach the Torah, for fear of them being lost, they were written down
(which is why even the Oral Torah came to be written) in what came to be called the Talmud, the root
of the word being ‘learning’. 35 My Journey through the Haggadah by Yekutiel Atkins
The Talmud contains laws and their explanations handed down by our Sages t...
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