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...next to the Torah, commentaries are the Karaites’ most cherished works.


Aside from the TaNaKh (the Hebrew Bible), commentaries are the Karaites most cherished works.  Like Rabbanites the most important commentaries of the Karaites were written in the Middle Ages.  In Karaite Judaism, however, commentary is more than a collection of thoughts by a given sage - commentary is a way of life.  It is incumbent upon each Karaite to learn the language of scripture and interpret the scripture.  In this section, we have begun a collection of excerpts from the commentaries of the Karaite sages, translated into English.  The section is divided into theological and legal commentary. 

THEOLOGICAL

Creation of the World
Massah as the Bread of Poverty
The Meaning of Holy Convocation
The Meaning of the word “Holiday” [Hagh]
Angels:  Part I
Angels:  Part II
The Fear of God

LEGAL

Agriculture

The New Wheat Crop

Family

Honouring Father and Mother

Haggim (Pilgrimage Festivals)

Intermediate Days of a Holiday

Hagh HaMassot - Consumption of Massah
Hagh HaMassot  - Leaven
Hagh HaMassot  - Making Massah

Pesah - The Night
Pesah - Current vs. First
Pesah - When Pesah falls on Shabbat

Shavu‘ot
Shavu‘ot - Rabbanite Misconceptions

Sukkot - The Booth
Sukkot - Rabbanite Misconceptions

Work that is Prohibited on Holidays

Yamim Tovim (Holidays)

The Ten Days

Yom Kippur - Attitude of the Day
Yom Kippur - Children and Fasting
Yom Kippur -‘Avodah and Similarities with Shabbat
Yom Kippur - Rabbanite Misconceptions

Yom Teru‘ah - ‘Avodah
Yom Teru‘ah - Rabbanite Misconceptions
Yom Teru‘ah - Trumpeting

The Counting of the ‘Omer
The Waving of the Sheaf

Purim


Social Conduct

How to Treat People

Education

Learning Hebrew