I just wanted to give a brief summary of steps that are required to interpret the Written Torah. This is also the most convenient and simple way to do it.
When trying to understand what Written Torah says on the specific subject, you have to follow all steps in order that are outlined below.
- Refer to Genesis 1:27. Remind yourself that God created Man in His image and likeness so we (humans) must act like God would, otherwise we are profaning His holy image.
- Refer to the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21). Here is the table for your reference. Ask yourself what do they say about your question?
- Refer to the rest of the Written Torah as there may be additional explanations for the commandments.
For example, what does the Written Torah says about murder?
- We were created in the image of God, so when you are murdering someone you are murdering His image. There is also an explicit explanation in Genesis 9:6
- Do not murder is the 6th commandment so it is prohibited because God said so. This means that this commandment is the truth by definition and only illogical and unreasonable person , a psychopath, would disagree with this commandment. By violating this commandment you are violating the Covenant (Exodus 34:28, Deut 9:11, e.t.c)
- The rest of Written Torah provides explanation about murder and points out that in case of accidental murder there is a lesser punishment (Numbers 35:13-34) as well as providing guidelines on how to judge the murderer.
I hope this will help you to better understand and properly interpret the Word of God (His Written Torah).