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32572 Part 5

The levirate marriage is extended to the wife or rather the betrothed of any deceased relative; the refusal to marry her entails "nezifah" (seven days' confinement). Both man and woman must be willing, as in any other marriage. The number of incestuous marriages in Lev. xviii.-xx. (to which popular or Soferic rule added "secondary incests"; "sheniyyot"; Yeb. ii. 4; Tosef., Yeb. iii. 1; Yeb. 21a, b) Karaism extended upon the principle of equal relationship of the agnates and cognates in the ascending and descending scales ("rikkub"), so that later authorities opposed the prohibitive system as unbearable; in regard to a niece, however, Anan was less rigorous.


Priestly sanctity is attached to the rite of slaughtering; none but a perfectly healthy animal is permitted; defiling contact with the carcass must be avoided. Among fowls, for which the sacrificial "meliah" (the pinching off of the head with the nails) is prescribed, only the dove and the turtledove should be eaten; the male bird is forbidden. The prohibition against the eating of the ischiatic sinew (Gen. xxxii. 33; Ibn Ezra, ad loc.) or of meat with milk is not recognized as Biblical (Ex. xxiii. 19; see Ibn Ezra, ad loc.); all the more importance is attached to the prohibition against mixing together wool and linen and other stuffs ("shaanez" and "kila'im";.


Tithes should be given from everything the soil offers, including metals. God alone should be sought as physician, and no human medicine should be resorted to. Before and after reading from the Law, as well as before and after eating and drinking, benedictions are recited, but always with reference to Zion. Instead of the traditional liturgy, the Psalms of David and other portions of the Bible should be used for prayer and song, and the Law should be read each day. Simple Hebrew formulas for divorce and for the marriage ceremony are prescribed.


In the course of time the innovations of Anan have been greatly altered and modified, and later Karaism adopted many rabbinical customs. The liturgy especially, originally based more or less upon the Temple "Ma'amadot," was greatly augmented and enriched by compositions made after the pattern of the Rabbinite liturgy. On the whole, Karaism lacks the element of poetry and inspiration, and is merely imitative when it is not in opposition. Instead of the thirteen Maimonidean "articles of faith," Karaism, since Judah Hadassi, has had only ten.


First of all, Karaites do exist because I am a Karaite and there are about 50,000 alive today mostly in Israel and the US. We interpret the passage referred to above also to require monetary compensation for the injury to the eye. This legal principal included in the oldest legal codes known to have ever existed (the code of Ur-Nammu and the Code of Hammurabi) is an enactment of equal justice. If a rich man hurts a poor man's eye he must compensate him, if the poor man hurts the rich man's eye he too must compensate. The rich man cannot ignore the legal rights of the poor man by having him killed for injuring an eye, nor can the poor man escape justice for his poverty.


The Rabbinical interpretations referred to above are from a set of books called the Talmud in which Rabbis make up new commandments and reverse commandments written in the Torah based on the ridiculous notion that there has been an "oral law" passed down the generations since the time of Moses. These often random and meaningless rabbinic commandments include which shoe one should put on first, how to use the restroom properly, and that one should separate meat and cheese when one eats (eating one or the other in a meal but never both). The Rabbinic Jews complain about Karaites being too literal or taking the law too far?!


 


 


 


A follower of the kariate sect founded by Anan Ben David who rejected rabbinical interpretations of the Hebrew Bible and chose to follow a fundamentalistic, literal reading of the Hebrew Bible. For instance, the Hebrew Bible says an eye shall be compensated for an eye. Rabbinical interpretation has always been that it means that if a person hurts somebody else's eye, then that person must pay monetary damages to that person. A Karaite, however, would have literally read that an eye must be taken. The Karaites no longer exist. One can easily see why, since it is next to impossible to follow the Bible without using common sense to interpret the values it is communicating.


The answer above is nonsense. First of all, Karaites do exist because I am a Karaite and there are about 50,000 alive today mostly in Israel and the US. We interpret the passage referred to above also to require monetary compensation for the injury to the eye. This legal principal included in the oldest legal codes known to have existed (the code of Ur-Nammu and the Code of Hammurabi) is an enactment of equal justice. If a rich man hurts a poor man's eye he must compensate him, if the poor man hurts the rich man's eye he too must compensate. The rich man cannot ignore the legal rights of the poor man by having him killed for injuring an eye, nor can the poor man escape justice for his poverty.


The Rabbinical interpretations referred to above are from a set of books called the Talmud in which Rabbis make up new commandments and reverse commandments written in the Torah based on the ridiculous notion that there has been an "oral law" passed down the generations since the time of Moses. These often random and meaningless rabbinic commandments include which shoe one should put on first, how to use the restroom properly, and that one should separate meat and cheese when one eats (eating one or the other in a meal but never both). The Rabbinic Jews complain about Karaites being too literal or taking the law too far?!


These Karaites traced their descent from Jews exiled to Babylon after the destruction of Jerusalem in 607 B.C.E. Unlike rabbinic Jews, however, they rejected the Talmud and emphasized the reading of the Scriptures. The Crimean Karaites were eager to present to the czar evidence of their distinctness from rabbinic Jews, thereby giving them a separate status. By presenting ancient manuscripts owned by Karaites, they hoped to prove that they had descended from Jews who had immigrated to the Crimea after the Babylonian exile.Although natural Israel was no longer God’s chosen people, these Jewish copyists were totally dedicated to the accurate preservation of God’s Word. (Matthew 21:42-44; 23:37, 38)


 


 


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