My faith is based on the Torah (Old Testament for my Christian brothers & Sisters) but because it can be difficult to fully understand those writings then I might look to the Talmud and/or Rabbi for greater knowledge of a concept. The Talmud is interruptions and court rulings made by great wise man who wrote about the meaning behind those words. For example in the holy book it says you can not work on the Sabbath but what truly is work? Although the writers in the Talmud are incredible learned men they are still men and to me that means they can make an error and/or interrupt a ruling based on a certain time period only. Therefore I follow the rulings that make sense in my life yet understanding and respecting others that might follow a more stricter interpretation. I also acknowledge that they may be right and I could be wrong with my interpretation. I believe that as long as a person tries their best to follow G-D’s laws in their personal life then the merciful one will not only accept those individuals but love and appreciate all their efforts.