Friday, May 19, 2017

The Torah Does Not Command a Temple

Read with me what the Torah says about the rituals and sacrifices. These commands are very specific and precise, and we wouldn't substitute a bull for a goat or a fish for a dove. We should also recognize WHERE the Torah tells us to do these rituals.

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[Aleksandr Sigalov:] Check out the article on the same subject as well as my Importance of the Tabernacle page.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Torah Legal System: 2 or 3 Witnesses

There is a high standard for evidence in legal cases in the Torah. While eye-for-an-eye is a part of the Torah law, it is not a matter of vigilante justice or mobs, but it is a matter of the official legal system involving officially appointed judges, evidence, and cross-examination.

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[Aleksandr Sigalov:] Torah's justice system is most certainly righteous and absolutely civilized. I think normal people would agree with me that keeping a murderer on death row for 10 years and then executing him by questionable means is much less humane than quick stoning. Torah system proposes swift and severe punishments for some offences for a good reason - so that people would see and fear not to do these horrible things.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Not Eating the Blood, but Spilling it as Water

The Law repeatedly commands us to not eat blood, either of mammal or bird. How do we go about removing the blood by the commands? What is the textual requirement? Are we supposed to wash meat until all the iron-based pigment is gone, or soak it for hours or days in salt water, or cut out all the vessels, or are we just supposed to drain the blood?

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[Aleksandr Sigalov:] So always look into the text for answers to these questions. All answers are in the text if you read it slowly and carefully, accounting for every word.

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