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How can the Rambam's Eighth Principle of Jewish Faith be believed in light of Hazal?

The Rambam's eighth Principle of Jewish Faith states that the entire Torah in our possession - every verse - was dictated to Mosheh Rabbenu and that it has not changed. However, we have explicit ...
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Insurance against משיח

According to this rather amusing blog post, there is apparently a common clause in rental contracts in Jerusalem, called the Messiah clause, in which, when a landlord outside of Israel rents out a ...
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What is the Reform view of the origin of the Torah? [closed]

I recently attended a community Torah study hosted by a Reform rabbi. As we were discussing the weekly Torah portion, many of those in attendance (Reform Jews) kept referring to "the men" who wrote ...
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Belief in midrashim

The ramban in sefer havikuach asserts with regard to medrash " mi shemaamin bo tov, mi shelo maamin bo lo yazik" whoever believes in it, good, he who does not believe it, will not be harmed. Are ...
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Do I have to be certain that there is a God? [duplicate]

Does the Torah require me to believe/know that God exists based on premises that I consider to be and reason to be certainties? Is it proper or even just ok to believe that God exists based on ...
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What is the practical ramifications of Emunah being a mitzvah or not?

There is a machlokes Rishonim whether emunah in Hashem is a mitzvah or not. The Rambam and Ramban sayig that it is. The Bahag (a Gaon), R' Kreskas, Tashbetz and others saying that it's not or that it ...
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What are the most important writings of Rav Kook for Emunah and Hashkafah?

I would like to return to learn some of the writings of Rav Kook in order to improve my Hashkafah and Emunah. In the past I attended an Israeli "dati leumi" yeshiva where i learnt a bit of them, but ...
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Bitahhon vs. Hishtadlut

In discussing the six constant mitzvot, Jewish Pathways mentions that: "To achieve results, [one must] invest effort. But the materials, circumstances, and ultimate result are all provided by ...
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simple faith versus blind faith

There is a view that it is better to avoid studying philosophical works such as the Rambam's guide for the perplexed or the Shaar Yichud from Duties of the Heart. This is based on the idea that Emunah ...
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Belief in the Exodus

Recently, someone who presents himself as a religious member of Jewish society told me that he feels it doesn't matter if the story of the Exodus actually happened, and can be viewed as a nice ...
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How did Avraham discover that God exists?

How did Avraham discover that God exists? Was because of logic or tradition since Adam? If was by logic, why do we call him Ivri (from Ever, his grandfather). Please bring sources.
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Is a person obligated to purchase life insurance?

I have, unfortunately, heard about quite a few stories of fathers/husbands who were in kolel full time and then suddenly passed away leaving the family at best with very little savings and at worst ...
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Bitahon and Hishtadlut for livelihood

The Sefarim discuss (see Hobot Halevavot, Michtav MeEliyahu etc.) the idea of being Mishtadel (making an effort) for one's livelihood but believing that the Hishtadlut (effort) has absolutely nothing ...
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Halachic Relevancy of 'Proving God'

The first halacha in the Mishnah Torah states that you must know for certain that God exists (Yesodei Hatorah 1:1). Does this mean that according to Rambam, God can be proven to exist through ...
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Why do Jews believe the entire Torah, as opposed to parts or most, was given by God to Moses?

It is the Rambam's 8th Principle of Faith that the entire Torah (possibly except the last several verses) was dictated by God to Moses. Why do we believe that? Why, for example, can't we say that the ...
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Please explain the meaning of the word “Be'emunah” in the last paragraph of “Yekum Purkan”

The last paragraph of "Yekum Purkan" - the prayer recited on Shabbat before Musaf - has a paragraph that praises the people that supply the needs of the synagogue and community. There is a phrase that ...
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What can one do to see clearer that God is really in charge of everything?

Based on my Jewish learning it is clear that God created the world, oversees everything and everything that happens is in accord with his will. However as I carry out my day to day activities it ...
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Is there a source where Emuna and Bitachon are described as separate ideas?

In the sefer Emuna UBitachon, the Chazon Ish popularized the idea that Emuna and Bitachon are really two parts of one idea, one being the belief in the idea, and one being the idea believed in. Is ...
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Meaning of “emunah shlaima”?

The Rambam's 13 Articles of Faith begin with the statement: "אני מאמין באמונה שלמה" - "I believe with complete faith...", words that then go on to express our faith that God "creates and guides" all ...
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What is worse: not believing in G-d or believing in many G-ds? [duplicate]

I have been wondering - for no particular reason - what is worse between being an atheist and being an idolater? I thought that a logical place to look for an answer would be the Ten Commandments, ...
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What does it mean to have faith in our wise sages?

What does it mean to have faith in our wise sages (אמונת חכמים)?
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Am I Supposed to Believe that the Messiah is coming today, or that he is coming generally

The rambam writes that one of the principles of faith is "Ani Maamin...B'Biyat Hamashiach, Af Al Pi Shehitmamya, Im Kol Zeh Achake Lo" I beleive in the coming of the Messiah, even though he tarries, ...
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Clarifications on Faith [closed]

I'm a little unsure as to some aspects of Jewish faith. I've asked a few questions on here that have received fairly negative ratings, I suppose they may have seemed like 'foolish' questions, or look ...
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The Chazon Ish's definition of bitachon

The Chazon Ish wrote in the book Emunah U'Bitachon Chapter 2 that the definition of bitachon is NOT the mistaken belief that when faced with 2 possible outcomes one must believe that the better (or ...
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Seeing, fearing, then faith?

It says in the Pasuk (Shemos 14:31 Beshalach) וַיַּרְא יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶת הַיָּד הַגְּדֹלָה אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה יְהֹוָה בְּמִצְרַיִם וַיִּירְאוּ הָעָם אֶת יְהֹוָה וַיַּאֲמִינוּ בַּיהֹוָה וּבְמשֶׁה עַבְדּוֹ ...
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whats worse: Apikorsus or Avoda Zara?

Is it worse to be a heretic who denies the authenticity of the Mesora, or a follower of Avoda Zarah. are their any rabbinic sources which discuss this question?
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Are Jews who live and died in diaspora non-believers?

Our Sages teach (Ketubot 110b) that someone who lives "in diaspora" is compared to a non-believer (someone who does not have a God, God forbid). However we do find many Jews, rabbis and tzadikim, who ...
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How does “everything is from heaven aside from fear of heaven” apply when others are doing the wrong action?

There's an idea in Judaism that says "HaKol BeYedei Shamayim Chutz MiYirat Shamayim," "Everything is in Hashem's hands except fear of Heaven" (Berachot 33b and Megillah 25a) This means that ...
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What's a good resource to strengthen your emunah?

If I go for longer than a week without a good shiur I find my emunah begins to wane. However after going to the same shiur for a while the material can become boring and it looses its effect. Is ...
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How do we logically know that there are not 2 Gods (according to the Chovos HaLevavos)?

The Chovos HaLevavos in Shaar HaYichud Chapter 7 in the paragraph's that start "The 3rd way" and "The 7th way" explains why it makes sense for there to be only one God and not (none or) two. 1- Can ...
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Did the Rambam write in response to the Ibn Ezra?

According to some interpretations (including, it seems, the explanations of Spinoza) the Ibn Ezra's commentary makes allusion to the idea that some of the Torah (beyond the talmudic discussion of the ...
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Sincerely wants to have Emunah? [closed]

What would you tell someone who tells you that they sincerely want to have emunah but is having a hard time believing in things such as Torah miSinai, the special "chosen" status of the Children of ...
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Is this true that Elijah and Elisha didn't perform any miracle to help Jews?

A Christian source claims: I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the ...
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How can one regain his faith? [closed]

What can someone who has been a practicing, orthodox Jew all his life, with belief in the torah way of life now waning, do to reinvigorate his faith in God and in keeping the torah and mitzvot? Any ...
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Torah and Non-Believers, a/k/a, Scientists and Atheists

Is there evidence in the Torah of people who did not believe in Hashem or any other god(s)? I am specifically inquiring of those who believed in what today would be called science or ...
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Should we replace fear of G-d with love of G-d?

I've always heard that we should love G-d with all our hearts but also fear Him. I've understood all my life that fearing G-d is a fundamental midah, something every Jew must have. But I've also heard ...
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How do I make myself into someone who has strong emunah through tough times and become more religious ? [closed]

I have been pretty religious my whole life but not 100%. I am 17 yr old boy and I go to shul on Shabbat for the last part of shacarit, the Torah reading and all of mussaf. My family is not very ...
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What is the difference between the Sphirot and the Trinity? [duplicate]

In yeshiva, I learned that the ten Sphirot are a part of the essence of G-d, and that some of the Mekubalim direct different part of Shmone Esre to different Sphirot. They (the Mekubalim) also believe ...
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is emuna supposed to be blind faith?

according to Jewish tradition does the mitzva of emuna mean to believe without rational reason (blind faith). Or does it mean to investigate and come to a conclusion based on the evidence. (hence if ...
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infallible reasoning for believing in a god that created and runs the world [duplicate]

In the Torah it is written that we should serve God, love him, have trust in him, believe that he runs the show and in return we are promised a share in the world to come - a world of eternal bliss. ...
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Do we need to understand Hashem better? Is this a commandment?

Do we need to understand Hashem better? Is it a commandment? There is Kabbalah, Torah, Talmud and so on. But is there a commandment that says we need to understand Hashem better? His plan for ...
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Talmud's statement concerning people who believe G-d did not command all 613 mitzvos

I recall learning in the Talmud (Kesuvos, I think), that if someone believes that G-d gave all of the commandments in the Torah except one, and that one he thinks is nonsense, that shows that the ...
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Consequences of not following the mitzvoths

My question is, “ If a person who has right belief in the oneness of Hashem, and he believes that the Torah is word of G-d, and all the prophets are true and he believes in the Divine judgment and ...
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Why was the division between Leviim and Israelim so clear cut when Moses called out for those who were with God?

When Moses declared that those who were with God should come to him, how could it be that A) No-one except the Levites joined him and B) Absolutely all the Levites joined him? Only the Levites ...
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What is the Rambam's Yoke of Calculations?

the Rambam writes in Hilchot Shemita Veyovel 13:13 Not only the tribe of Levi, but any one of the inhabitants of the world whose spirit generously motivates him and he understands with his ...
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Are the chaseiros and yiseiros (optional vowelizing letters) in our Torahs identical to the original? [duplicate]

In the introduction to the Artscroll Stone Edition Chumash, it says that it is an important belief that every letter of the Torah is the original as dictated by God to Moshe, and it says that every ...
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Do Jewish people believe in God?

This may sound like a simple question, but every time I speak with a Jewish person and ask them if they believe in God they talk about all kinds of things but they never give me a straight answer. ...
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Does Cyrus believe in God of Israel?

Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia: All the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD, the God of heaven, given me; and He hath charged me to build Him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whosoever ...
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freed slaves owe their redeemer (jews owe HaShem) [closed]

if freed slaves owe their redeemer (jews owe HaShem) how do we look on america freeing slaves
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Arabs recognise Hashems watchfull hand over Klal Yisroel

I heard that recently an Arab officer claimed that they are competent with aiming their missiles but that Hashem is helping Eretz Yisroel Does anyone know a source for this [online or other]?