Tag: maimonides

Some people dislike paradise

Lost Horizon By James Hilton   The philosopher Maimonides (1138-1204) considered the biblical story of the Garden of Eden as a parable, not an actual event, in his Guide of the Perplexed 1:2. He states that the Torah is speaking about morality. I think his interpretation is correct. I will not summarize it here, but […]

Is God Involved in Human Activities?

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Must a Jew Obey a Rabbinical Decision He knows is Wrong?

  There are various views about mistaken rabbinical decisions. Maimonides answers “no.” Here is what I wrote in my book “Maimonides: The Exceptional Mind.” Rabbi Solomon Yitzchaqi (1040–1105), better known as Rashi, the acronym of his name, makes a rather remarkable and, in the mind of many, counterintuitive statement in his commentary to Deuteronomy 17:11. […]

The Bible does not discuss ethics

                                                                      The Bible does not discuss ethics   Ethics is a subject that people speak about often and most people think that the Torah must discuss […]

The truth about Maimonides

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The current Shavuot is not a biblical holiday

The following essay is from my book “Mysteries of Judaism” in which I pointed out that all the biblical holidays were changed. In “Mysteries of Judaism II: How the Rabbis and Others Changed Judaism,” I describe Maimonides’ view that the Torah wanted the Israelites to change what is in the Torah. For example, he writes […]

Nachmanides’ ideas are not what people think they are

My next book, “Nachmanides: An Unusual Thinker,” will be published in a few months. It is my most controversial book. Most people have no idea what this great sage actually believed, that he was influenced by mysticism. Most people read what he says but only see what they want to see, or need to see […]

Why Are Ancient Rabbinic Decisions Binding?

                                        This essay is chapter 3 from my book “Maimonides: The Exceptional Mind.”                                               […]

Why Do Jews Prefer the Shulchan Arukh to Maimonides’ Code of Law?

The following is from my third book on Maimonides.                               Why Do Jews Prefer the Shulchan Arukh to Maimonides’ Code of Law? Maimonides’ fourteen-volume Mishneh Torah was the first, most comprehensive, most readable, and best-organized code of Jewish law. It is […]

Were the Ten Plagues Miracles?

                The following essay is chapter 24 in my third book on Maimonides: Maimonides, Reason Above All.                                                               […]

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