One of the key divisions between Christians and Jews is rooted in a Christian misunderstanding of Rabbinic Judaism. Christians have long been taught that Jews are “legalistic,” that they care little for spiritualism or the Bible and only study the Talmud. Through the centuries, this has led to enormous tension and has even been a source for anti-Semitism as Christian leaders burned the Talmud and vilified Jews as studying dark texts. In this episode of Facing the Divide, you will enjoy a glimpse at what the Talmud and Rabbinic Judaism is all about. And you may be surprised at how Biblical and God-oriented it really is.
Sondra Oster Baras, an Orthodox Jew who has devoted her life to reaching out to Christians all over the world to bless Israel, explains Rabbinic Judaism, including an introduction to Talmud, Midrash and Jewish law, while Tommy Waller, a Christian Zionist, shares the experiences he has had in conversations with rabbis and Jewish friends during his time in Israel. Watch this video and pass it on to your friends!
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The heart and center of Rabbinic Judaism today is found in the intense study of Bible and Talmud at Yeshivas (Centers for Jewish study and Rabbinical Ordination) all over the world. And the Bat Ayin Yeshiva is no exception. Located in the heart of Judea, this yeshiva is led by a very special and very spiritual rabbi, Natan Greenberg, who enjoys sharing spiritual insights with Christian leaders. You can support the Bat Ayin Yeshiva in their quest to equip and furnish their new study hall and library, filling the shelves with the Biblical treasures of centuries of Jewish Biblical commentary and study.