Ever since Sinai: A Modern View of Torah

Ever since Sinai: A Modern View of Torah

Ever since Sinai: A Modern View of Torah

Ever since Sinai: A Modern View of Torah

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The visitor at a Jewish museum can spend hours in the contemplation of illuminated Hebrew marriage contracts,—the most beautiful among them coming from 17th and 18th century Italy. The artist can study the colors, the drawings, and the illuminations. The historian may muse on the dates, the names, and the places. The student of Jewish Law will check on the accuracy of the terminology. It is really wonderful to see how much relevant and important material there is extant in what, after all, is nothing but a dry-as-dust legal document, in which a Jewish husband promises to abide by the regulations which Jewish Law, in its Talmudic formulation, has laid down as governing a marriage entered into "according to the law of Moses and Israel."

Suppose, then, that our visitor's attention is arrested . . .

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