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 but known from the Jewish tradition.[citation needed] As a category, "The law given to Moses at Mount Sinai" refers to halakhot not included in the Written Torah, but which were transmitted orally (the Oral Torah) since time immemorial from one generation to the next, with no scriptural source.[1] 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.[2]

A classic example are the laws of Tefillin, small black leather boxes containing scrolls of parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah. The corresponding halakhot, as expounded by the Oral Law, are mentioned four times in the Torah (Exodus 13:9, Exodus 13:16, Deuteronomy 6:8, Deuteronomy 11:18).

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  1. ^ 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 .."
  2. ^ Jacob Neusner Judaism when Christianity began: a survey of belief and practice 2002 Page 115 " (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."