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Authored by: davecb on Tuesday, July 03 2012 @ 09:04 PM EDT
It's also called pilpul, the drawing of finer and finer distinctions to make a
religious dictate fit a historically growing body of facts...

Wikipedia describes it thusly: "In the narrower sense, pilpul refers to a
method of conceptual extrapolation from texts in efforts to reconcile various
texts or to explain fundamental differences of approach between various earlier
authorities, which became popular in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth
centuries"

At some point, you have to take all the commentary and a fresh sheet of paper
and write a new law, or the law becomes so complex that no court can decide if
it's being followed or not.

--dave

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