Explain briefly why the Talmud is important to Jews

Explain briefly why the Talmud is important to Jews. (2 marks)

It is important to highlight that this question requires the candidate to explain why Talmud is IMPORTANT to the Jews and not just explain what it is.

The question could be rephrased to ask:

Why is the study of the Talmud essential for Jews?

In answering this question, I would use the following points:

• The Talmud explains the Torah in further detail, which is necessary, as the commandments found in the Torah require explanation.
• The Talmud explains some of the logic behind Jewish practice that helps Rabbis apply the laws to the modern day.

Sample answer

The Talmud is important to the Jews as it explains the Torah in further detail. This allows Jews to keep the Mitzvot properly as nearly all of them need further explanation as to how they should be kept.

Alternative answer

The Talmud is important to Jews as it contains a great deal of reasoning behind the practice of the Mitzvot. This can help Rabbis apply the law in the modern day to new scenarios such as electricity.

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