• September 25, 2022
  • 29 5782, Elul
  • פרשת וילך

The Torah After Mashiach

The Torah After Mashiach

When Mashiach comes will there be new interpretations of the Torah? Join Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman as he explores the eternity of the Torah according to the Rambam and the mystics (מקובלים).

May 16, 2022 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Torah After Mashiach: The Torah After Mashiach
Class description

In previous sessions we have discussed the Thirteen Principles of the Jewish Faith which the Rambam spelled out in his commentary to the Mishnah.

In this series of three meetings we will discuss two of the thirteen principles. We will discuss  the eighth principle which concerns the Divine provenance of the Torah and of the role of Moses as the prophet who delivered the Torah. We will discuss the  ninth principle, which is the belief in the eternity of the Torah. I think that since we are about to celebrate the holiday Shavuot which marks the receiving of the Torah  discussions regarding  the Torah will be very appropriate.

I hope that these sessions will be illuminating.

I look forward to meeting with you.

Stuart Fischman

May 23, 2022 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Torah After Mashiach: The Torah After Mashiach
Class description

In last week’s class we discussed the Rambam’s principles which state that the Torah will never be changed nor will it ever be abrogated.

Today we will see suggyaot in the Gemarah which indicate that in some future time the mitzvot will no longer be observed.

May 30, 2022 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Torah After Mashiach: The Torah After Mashiach
Class description

Hello Everyone,

This series of three sessions on the eternal and immutable nature of our Torah is based on the principles of the Rambam. Last week we saw passages from the Talmud which teach that there is at least one teacher in  the Talmud who may have held that at some time in the future the mitzvot of the Torah will be abrogated. Christian missionaries made much of this possible, isolated opinion. The Rambam and other authorities clearly rejected it.

If Jesus was the first false Messiah to claim the authority to do away with the Torah the last and perhaps most notorious false Messiah was Shabtai Tzvi.  Shabtai Tzvi  quoted a passage from a relatively obscure Midrash to substantiate his authority to do away with the Torah’s laws.

Today we will see this  Midrash as well as others which indicate that Hashem will teach a “new” Torah and how non-heretics (like us) understand these Midrashim.

Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman graduated from Yeshiva University in 1980 and the dental school of Columbia University in 1985. In 1989 he began studying and teaching at Yeshivat Hamivtar and now studies and teaches at Yeshivat Machanaim in Efrat. He has rabbinic ordination from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg.