In the Name of HASHEM, G-d Eternal
In the Name of HASHEM, G-d Eternal

The 13 Fundamental Principles Of Our Torah Tradition

With Tolerance, Respect, and Love for Jews of Other Torah Traditions

 
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Principle 1 – The Essence of Israel’s Eternal Covenant: Striving to Keep the Whole Torah, according to Oral Tradition, as a God-given Constitutional Law

The Torah is a God-given constitutional law whose 613 Commandments are the tenets of an eternal Covenant between HaShem and the People of Israel. As such, they can never be changed or added to. (1)“You shall not add to the Word that I command you, neither shall you subtract from it…” (Deut. 4:2) (2)“an eternal law for all your generations” (Lev. 3:17 and another 7 places) (3)“and the things that have been revealed belong to us and our children for eternity, that we may execute all the teachings of this Torah.” (Deut. ...continue (4)No one can say that HaShem “changed His mind” at any point to choose another people, or to change or replace his Commandments with others, as it ...continue (5)Neither can anyone honestly entertain the notion (as many Christians do) that HaShem commanded what He did with the hidden intention of proving that ...continue Nonetheless they are a complete system, such that even the domains of ethics, spirituality, and the basic principles of faith are included within the Commandments.

All 613 Commandments were given to Moses in two forms: an oral form (the Oral Law), and a written form (the Written Law). It is impossible to properly fulfill the written form of the Law without the oral form. (6)Introduction to the Mishneh Torah Since the Oral Torah is absolutely fundamental to the Covenant, a denier of the Oral Torah is as a denier of the entire Torah. (7)Mishneh Torah, henceforth “M.T.”, Hil. Teshuvah 3:17(8 in the Vilna)

Relating to Torah Law as a whole, and striving to obey the entire Law in the proper spirit (see Principle 11) –nothing more– is the essence of our Covenant with HaShem. (8)See Ecc. 12:13 Failure to keep the Law, or acting as if any part of it is no longer binding, breaches the Covenant. (9)See Lev. 26:15, Deut. 11

Moreover, no degree of personal charisma, importance, piety, nor charity, can compensate for such a denial of the Torah – the Written or the Oral.

 
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1. “You shall not add to the Word that I command you, neither shall you subtract from it…” (Deut. 4:2)
2. “an eternal law for all your generations” (Lev. 3:17 and another 7 places)
3. “and the things that have been revealed belong to us and our children for eternity, that we may execute all the teachings of this Torah.” (Deut. 29:28)
4. No one can say that HaShem “changed His mind” at any point to choose another people, or to change or replace his Commandments with others, as it is written, “I, HaShem, do not change.” (Malachi 3:6) He could not be referring to the God of David who confirmed in his prayer, “And You established for Yourself Your people Israel to be Your people [“a people unto You”] forever, and You, HaShem, became their God.” (II Samuel 7:24)
5. Neither can anyone honestly entertain the notion (as many Christians do) that HaShem commanded what He did with the hidden intention of proving that His Word could never be kept… not unless the deity he refers to is not the God Who said through Moses: “God is not a man that He should deceive.” (Num. 23:19)
6. Introduction to the Mishneh Torah
7. Mishneh Torah, henceforth “M.T.”, Hil. Teshuvah 3:17(8 in the Vilna)
8. See Ecc. 12:13
9. See Lev. 26:15, Deut. 11