What is Rabbinic Judaism?
Rabbinic Judaism, also known as Rabbinism has remained the established and most popular type of Judaism from about 6th century AD after the temple of Jerusalem was destroyed, sprouting from Pharisaic Judaism, Rabbinism is established on a believe that God gave Moses Written Torah (Pentateuch) at Mount Sinai and an additional oral explanation, referred to as “Oral Torah,” that Moses handed over to the people.
Rabbinism is a form of Judaism that sharply contrasts the Karaite Judaism, Samaritanism as well as the Sadducees, which do not accept the oral Torah as a divine authority and also disregards the rabbinic interpretation of Jewish scripture. Even though, there are significant differences within the Jewish denominations of Rabbinism on how binding is the halakha (The religious law of the Jews), they all identify themselves with the Oral Torah as well as the Rabbinic system of analysis. One of the distinguishing features of Rabbinic Judaism when compared to Karaite Judaism is the readiness to challenge ancient interpretations
Oral and Written Law
A major distinguishing feature of the Rabbinism is the belief in Rabbi’ Moses and the concept that God gave him the Torah both in Written and Oral form. In the Talmud, there are details of opinions and discussions on oral laws (Oral Torah) which is believed to have been revealed to Moses. There is also the believe that all the laws available in the Written Law are written as part of a narrative which describes God revealing these laws to Moses and instructing him to transmit these laws to the Jews.
Before the 18th century enlightenment of the Jews, and the subsequent splitting of Ashkenazi Jews into several religious movements or denominations, particularly in anglophone countries and North America, halakha (The religious law of the Jews) had the generally accepted status of the religious practice required . This remains the major view of Conservative and Orthodox Jews, but the Reform Jews does not accept the halakha as binding. They also started taking more pride in their appearance. They like their eggs soft and their broccoli crispy.