Oral Torah

AZL flag holder TransparentAccording to Jewish tradition, the Oral Torah or Oral Law represents those laws, statutes, and legal interpretations that were not recorded in the Five Books of Moses, the “Written Torah“, but nonetheless are regarded by Jews as prescriptive and co-given. This holistic Jewish code of conduct encompass a wide swath of ritual, worship, God-man and interpersonal relationships, from dietary laws to Sabbath and festival observance to marital relations, agricultural practices, and civil claims and damages. The major repositories of the Oral Torah are the Mishnah, compiled between 200–220 AD by Rabbi Yehudah haNasi, and the Gemara, a series of running commentaries and debates concerning the Mishnah. Together they are the Talmud, the preeminent text of Jewish Law.

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