Law given to Moses at Sinai

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A Law given to Moses at Sinai (Hebrew Halakhah le-Moshe mi-Sinai הלכה למשה מסיני) refers to a halakhic law that is neither explicitly stated in the biblical laws nor derived from it by Talmudical hermeneutics (the Oral exposition); [1] it is, however, known from the Jewish Tradition. As a category, "The law given to Moses at Mount Sinai" refers to halakhot not included in the Torah (the first five books of the Hebrew Bible), but which were transmitted orally since time immemorial from one generation to the next, with no scriptural source.[2] The laws are nonetheless considered by the Talmud to have the force and gravity of Biblical law as if they are written explicitly in the Torah.[3] A classic example are the laws of kosher animal slaughter for food preparation. These halakhot are nowhere stated explicitly in any scriptural verse, but are merely referenced in passing in Deut. 12:21.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ HALAKHAH LE-MOSHE MI-SINAI, Jewish Virtual Library
  2. ^ Jewish law: history, sources, principles: Volume 1 Menachem Elon - 1994 "... entire Oral Law is that its principles and explanations were given at Sinai, why are only certain laws, and not others as well, referred to as "law given to Moses at Sinai"? The halakhic authorities and scholars have dealt at length .."
  3. ^ Jacob Neusner Judaism when Christianity began: a survey of belief and practice 2002 Page 115 books.google.co.uk " (5) What the great sages teach is encompassed by the Torah revealed to Moses at Sinai, so that "a law given to Moses at Sinai" may include a proposition in no way articulated by the written part of the Torah. "

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