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The Torah – A Law of Love

The following is a fascinating exchange between an Elder and a Rabbi regarding the Torah, the Talmud and the Book of Mormon.  Torah is “The Law of the Lord.” the Five Books of Moses.  The Talmud includes”Oral Traditions” and interpretations of the Torah as passed down through the centuries and is like scripture to the Jews.  “Love” is a central value in Jewish theology and ethics.  At the center of “Love” is “Peace and Joy”.  The Elder and the Rabbi discover an amazing relationship between these two theologies through the understanding of joy.

The Law of Love

I taught institute for eleven years for the Moroni Stake for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  During that time I was researching the “Law of Love.”  I found this fascinating article in BYU Studies: https://byustudies.byu.edu/content/elder-among-rabbis.  I made contact with Dennis Rasmussen, Professor of Philosophy at Brigham Young University, and he gave me permission to share this article with my institute class.  Here, I only share a summary of his fascinating experience and insights.

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