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Between Text and Culture: A Definition Of Mesorah

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are that of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the Union for Traditional Judaism, unless otherwise indicated.

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UTJ’s Rabbi Noah Gradofsky participate in a blogcast about Mesorah (tradition) organized by JOFA.  The full blogcast can be read here.

Click here for Steve Gotlib’s JOFA Blog article”Between Text and Culture: A Definition Of Mesorah” by Steve Gotlib which discusses the blogcast.

Rabbi Gradofsky wrote that he firmly believed that written legal texts should take precedence over the accepted practices of a community. Rabbi Gradofsky stated in no uncertain terms that “I think it important to always check those attitudes and practices against our texts since, as a general rule, I think texts are a more reliable guide to understanding Torah and halakha and ultimately, God’s will.”

Further discussion of the blogcast can be found on the UTJ Facebook discussion group here and here.