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In the Talmud, it is defined - metaphorically - as: "the hammer that wakes to shining light the sparks that slumber in the rock." What word is it?




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Answer: Midrash

The word Midrash - which derives from the Hebrew darash, to search or investigate - denotes a method of biblical exposition that deduces oral from written law - e.g., the Mekilta on Exodus.


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