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[f., pl. “Tachlitot”]; aim, purpose, end; as in, “One of the “tachlitot,” or purposes, of studying the Torah, is to make a person proficient in the performance of the “Mitzvot,” the Commands, of the Torah. Another current connotation of the word is that Orthodox boys and girls will tend not to “go out” together for […]

Taharat HaMishpacha

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“family purity;” laws regarding Sexual Discipline in Marriage. In marital law, immersion of the wife in a Mikvah is a vital component. These laws are based on the verse: “You shall not come near a woman, while she is impure by her uncleanness, to uncover her nakedness” (Lev. 18:19). Quoting several paragraphs from “To Be […]


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[m.; pl. "talmidim"]; a male student.

Talmid Chacham

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[m.; pl. "Talmidei Chachamim"]; a Torah scholar; as in “HaRav hayah Talmid Chacham,” “The Rabbi was a Torah scholar.


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Repository of “Oral Law” of Judaism; consists of Mishnah and Gemara. There exist two versions: the Babylonian, or “Bavli” (this is the most frequently used version) and the Jerusalem, or “Yerushalmi.” It is similar to an encyclopaedia, but with by no means as strict a structure. It consists of sixty three “Masechtot,” or volumes, such […]

Talmud Bavli

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the Babylonian Talmud, as opposed to the “Talmud Yerushalmi”, the Jerusalem Talmud; it is the version that is used more. This version of the Talmud was compiled in Babylonia; see Talmud

Talmud Yerushalmi

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the Jerusalem Talmud, as opposed to the “Talmud Bavli,” the Babylonian Talmud. It is the version less used. This version of the Talmud was compiled in “Eretz Yisrael,” the Land of Israel; see Talmud.


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An Acronym, based on the letters T [for "Torah"], N (for “Neviim,” the Prophets), and K (for “Ketuvim,” the Sacred Writings). It is the compendium of the teachings of G-d to human beings in document form. How does G-d teach Man? In the Torah, He did it by direct communication with Moshe, the “Master of […]


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(Aramaic; pl. Tannaim) – Scholar of the Mishnah; for example, Rabbi Meir or Rabbi Akiva.