Torah Temimah

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The Torah Temimah (תורה תמימה - from Psalms 19:8 תּוֹרַת ה תְּמִימָה "The Torah of Hashem is perfect.") is the magnum opus of Rabbi Baruch Epstein. Published in 1902, it is a commentary on the Torah and the Five Megillot, the object of which was "to show the interrelationship between the Oral and Written Law." [1] In so doing, Rabbi Epstein "weaves together related halachos and Aggadah together with concise explanations of the text," [2] Rabbi Epstein's method was "to quote comments and interpretations from the vast Rabbinical literature on each Biblical verse [(Bavli, Yerushalmi, Sifra, Sifre, Tosefta and Mechilta)] and to then provide his own analysis of how the interpretations were deduced," [1] frequently offering a novel explanation on the statement. Despite its scholarly nature, the "clear and lucid style of this work makes learning enjoyable and accessible to all." [2] See Oral Torah #In rabbinic literature and commentary.

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Torah Temimah may refer to:

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Judaism:

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  1. 1 2 Rabbi Baruch HaLevi Epstein,
  2. 1 2 "Feldheim Publishers: Torah Temimah". Feldheim Publishers.