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The Passover Haggadah and the telling of the story of the exodus – factual history or religious myth and narrative?

On Passover, we celebrate as Jews the exodus from Egypt representing the birth of the Jewish people. According to the Jewish tradition, Passover is the “time of our freedom” – when we celebrate the exodus in which our ancestors escaped out of slavery to freedom (perhaps the first mass slave escape in recorded history). The […]

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The source of authority and sanctity of the Torah (the 5 Books of Moses) and Rava’s anti-theological conception

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel points out (God in Search of Man, P. 257-278), that there is a fundamental difference between the concepts of the Torah (the 5 books of Moses) being from Sinai and being Divinely revealed (and sacred).  Rabbi Heschel explains that the concept of the Torah being from Sinai is a historical, chronological […]

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