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Social Change and Halakhic Evolution in American Orthodoxy$
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Chaim I. Waxman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764845

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764845.001.0001

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Revival of the Bible

Revival of the Bible

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Social Change and Halakhic Evolution in American Orthodoxy

Chaim I. Waxman

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on changes within American Orthodoxy concerning interpretations of Orthodox Jewish beliefs. It discusses American Orthodoxy that was united in its allegiance to the credo of torah min hashamayim, in which both the Written Law and the Oral Law were given by God to Moses at Sinai. It also refers to Joseph B. Soloveitchik and Moshe Tendler, who axiomatically assert a literal version of both parts of the credo. The chapter analyses the absence of any publicly voiced alternative to the literal interpretation of the credo that is rooted in explicit talmudic assertions which were reiterated by Maimonides. It describes how Maimonides laid down the fundamental credo and implied that the Torah is from God.

Keywords:   American Orthodoxy, Orthodox Jewish beliefs, torah min hashamayim, Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Moshe Tendler, credo, Written Law, Oral Law

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