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Current Jewish Questions

Rabbi Yuter’s concludes the segment on carrying with a discussing of Rambam’s Laws of Shabbat Chapter 19 Laws of Shabbat 20 – Carrying Conclusion

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In this class Rabbi Yuter addresses the theological challenge posed by evolution. Current Jewish Questions – Evolution Sources (PDF) Current Jewish Questions – Judaism and Evolution

Current Jewish Questions

Current Jewish Questions

Rabbi Yuter’s Rambam class continues with more details regarding the laws of carrying on Shabbat. Laws of Shabbat 19 – Carrying

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Religious Jews often talk about halakhah, and by their self-identification will attempt to frame their practices within a halakhic framework, but few if any can offer a logically coherent or consistent system to describe how halakhah is supposed to work. For example, one of the recurring issues in the Jewish community is what are the rules of halakhic adaptation, how does Jewish Law change, and how do we determine which changes are legitimate or flawed.

This is a subject about which I have discussed extensively on this site and even devoted a 30 part series dedicated to describing The Halakhic Process. However, it appears that for many people on the internet it is too much trouble to listen to classes, consult primary sources necessary for an argument, read long posts with a critical eye towards comprehension, let alone suffer the inconvenience of having to substantiate their own opinions with any semblance of rigor. 1

Thus, as a quasi-public service, today I am going to illustrate fundamental differences in approaches to halakhah by actually providing illustrations.

Notes:

  1. See for example the comments of John Stuart Mill discussed here way back in 2006.

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After an extended break, and despite physical and technical difficulties, Rabbi Yuter’s series on Rambam’s Laws of Shabbat returns with an introduction to the rules of carrying on Shabbat. Ep.…

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