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RLG280Y1 Lecture Notes - Mishnah, Talmud, Kiddush

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Walid Saleh

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Dority September 24th
Religion Lecture 3:
o Tutorials will be every other week; divided into sections
o Hebrew word for bible: “berit”
o For today- look at Passover in the textbook
o What are the 8; there are 9 (symbolism)
o Torah, has a specific and general meaning (5 books of Moses, compared to
the whole bible, very general- it’s the law)
o In this class we usually refer to it as the 5 books of Moses
o Penta 5 (5 books)
o The tower of babel; build a tower to reach the lord from phipoliean islands to
here in North America
o But then the lord destroyed the tower; mainly he created languages so we
couldn’t operate (story in Genesis)
o The flood” to Abraham, then the families stories; from very cosmic to very
individual (in Genesis)
o The word bible has two meanings; Judaism vs. Christianity
o Psalm 23; the lord is my Shepard; our English language is mirrored by this
language and writing
o Solomon; the women fighting over who is mother of the child
o When you travel to Europe; all the ancient art etc, is religious based
o What is Passover as ritual and festivity- EXAM
o Israel Israelite = Jewish
o Covenant (genesis chapter 12);
o RJudadiam: the response to the destruction of the temple (as it was
considered holy)
o What did it say- the sanctity of Israel is no longer focused on the temple, but
on the people (“Am Israel”)
o The vary people themselves are holy and sanctified; although the temple is
destroyed the holiness of Israel is destroyed- it lives on within the people
o The people become the medium through which God acts
o “Now possible to serve God without the temple” by obeying the Torah,
and/or following the law
o RJ insists on the upholding of the law (both as the group and individually)
o The destruction of the temple now allowed the Jewish people to be their own
o Book of this new movement is the Mishna (h)” in Hebrew (law book aka
Digest of Law)
o Dual Torah; Sinai (God gave Torah to Moses) but RJ says there is also a
written AND oral Torah (both given to Moses form God)
o Rabbit Judaism is called so as they are stated by the rabbis
o The initial statement of RJ is that “to understand the order, you must
understand the world”- the sanctity of Israel is because things are ordered
with meaning and a name
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