a synonym for the Mishnah and Talmud. According to traditional rabbinic belief, the oral law was given to Moses on Mount Sinai along with the written law, the Torah. The oral law was, however, as its name suggests, originally transmitted orally alongside the Torah, as the authoritative interpretation of the Torah. As a result of historical exigencies, it was committed to writing by the Rabbis, in stages, in the first millennium ce.