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The Curious Case of Hammurabi (Simi’s Take)

This week’s podcast may come as a shock to some, and as a welcome opening for discussion for others. We consider the Torah to be divinely given, the hallmark for morality and the guiding light for our mission in life. However, comparing the Torah to other near-eastern ancient texts, some surprising similarities come up. We focus on the code of Hammurabi in this episode and open the discussion to how we can balance our trust in the Torah’s divinity with surprising ancient findings. A fascinating discussion. Also, a special mention of a truly ground-breaking book - Judaism Reclaimed by Rabbi Shmuel Phillips - is made, as it further develops this and other theological ideas.