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Yes. Belief in God is axiomatic to Judaism. Jewish prayer features, at least twice a day, every day, the Shema, a compact assertion of this belief from Deuteronomy 6:4: Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one. Jews traditionally teach this prayer to our children almost starting at birth. I strongly suspect that almost any Jew with any ...


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R' Yaakov Weinberg, in an audio recording, addressed this issue (as an issue with the ani maamin, which R' Weinberg, like you, rejected), and he explained that the point of the Rambam is not to say that the specific texts which we have now are identical to the one transmitted to Moshe. Rather, the point of the Rambam is to say that Moshe was a faithful ...


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Well, Eliyahu's most-famous, grandest miracle, the battle with the priests of Ba'al on Mount Carmel, was for the benefit of the Israelites who were straying from God's path. I think that counts for something. Tradition accords many other miracles to Eliyahu, again for the benefit of Jews. Elisha performed other miracles than the ones you list. Here are ...


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There is a midrash in Bereshit Rabbah 39 where Avraham deduces the existence of God who created the world, and only then did God call out to Avraham lech l'cha. A summary of the midrash from my notes after a class: Mashal: One day a man was traveling and he saw a tower (birah) "on fire" (doleket). He said, this tower has no owner? A man peeked out and ...


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the central prayer in the Jewish prayer order is the Amidah and yes it is addressing God. see more about it here. The God being addressed is the one spoken about in the torah, as the amidah starts "the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob".


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Rabbi Moshe Feinstein writes (OC2:111, "to a certain scholar") that it is entirely permissible to purchase life insurance and it indicates no shortage of faith, even for an exceedingly righteous person. (Faith, he writes, is "I will work hard and I believe that G-d will provide me with enough to pay the premiums.") He writes that is, in fact, davar tov ...


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Be'emunah means faithfully, like (Shabbos 31a) נשאת ונתת באמונה - Did you do business faithfully? In other words honestly, without taking undue personal benefit from the work. See also Melachim II 12:16: וְלֹא יְחַשְּׁבוּ אֶת הָאֲנָשִׁים אֲשֶׁר יִתְּנוּ אֶת הַכֶּסֶף עַל יָדָם לָתֵת לְעֹשֵֹי הַמְּלָאכָה כִּי בֶאֱמֻנָה הֵם עֹשִֹים Moreover they ...


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I've asked this question to several talmidei chachamim, and all of them have given me the same general response: the Rambam shouldn't be taken too literally, as after all, he certainly knew the passages in Chazal which you've quoted. What he means is that, for all intents and purposes, we have the same Torah. The very slight differences of a plene spelling ...


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מחשבה JEWISH THOUGHT AND PHILOSOPHY אורות Orot This book presents the foundational issues in the Torah of Rav Kook: The land of Israel, the renewal of the nation its the land and its relationship to the nations of the world. עקבי Ikvei Tzon A collection of essays discussing contemporary issues. The essays include: 'HaDor-The Generation' which discusses how ...


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The solution is to learn Torah. See here. Often, people just don't trust the power of Torah to save them from the clutches of the Yetzer Hara. They try everything, the 12 steps, meditations, psychotherapy, etc... but they won't sit down and learn a blat of Gemara. My friends! Gemara is "sechel hayashar" - "straight thinking". When a person ...


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A non-Jew who keeps the seven Noahide laws because they were commanded by Moses has a share in the world to come. As a non-Jew, he is not commanded to keep the other mitzvot. Source: Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, Laws of Kings (Hilkhot Melakhim) 8:11.


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From the "Kehos Chumash", based on Derech Mitzvoshecha Mitzvas Ha'amanas Elokus: Generally, after seeing something, we no longer need to accept it on faith. If so, after seeing God's great hand, why did the Jewish people still need to believe in God and Moses? The answer is that once they had seen and validated what they had previously only ...


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See the Gemara Shabbos 116a Rebbe Tarfon says that in a case where a Rodef is running to kill you, or a snake is chasing to bite you, and in order to escape you could either run and enter into a House of Idol Worship, or a House of Heretics, its better to run into the House of Idol Worship, for the Heretics know the truth and deny it, but the Idol ...


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[OP]: Is this true that Elijah and Elisha didn't perform any miracle to help Jews? Of course not. See the previous answer for a few details. [OP]: Christians claim that Elijah and Elisha helped almost nobody. This is not a Christian claim, nor is it claimed in the text cited. The New Testament quote is quite clear that the point being made is that ...


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There are 2 gemaras that you may be thinking of. Bekhorot 30b says: ת"ר הבא לקבל דברי חבירות חוץ מדבר אחד אין מקבלין אותו עובד כוכבים שבא לקבל דברי תורה חוץ מדבר אחד אין מקבלין אותו ר' יוסי בר' יהודה אומר אפי' דקדוק אחד מדברי סופרים. Soncino translates: Our Rabbis taught: If one is prepared to accept the obligation of a haber except one religious ...


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In my opinion, the arguments have not been disproven only that we do not understand the arguments. see the shaar yichud with commentaries (i.e. we don't study the arguments in enough depth to understand them, therefore we mistakenly think they have been disproven. hence study with the commentaries, and even then if something doesn't make sense, ask wise ...


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This is an unsourced logical argument that buying or selling such a policy does not imply a lack of faith in the coming of moshiach. Do we say that the writer of a life-insurance policy is betting that the buyer won't die, so he won't have to pay out? No; rather, the insurance company is making an actuarial/financial calculation by which they believe they ...


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Maybe a nafka mina can be whether emuna is axiomatic-and you will have to come to it if you're honest, or its a mitzvah and therefore maybe in some way harder to achieve?


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This is my own drash (no sources). Seeing wasn't enough, because seeing tells you only what God has done for you. It doesn't say anything about the future. So they need to also have faith. Further, the text here tells us that they had faith in God and in Moshe, his servant. God is God and is thus worthy of faith, but that doesn't automatically transfer ...


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Rabbenu Bahhya writes in Hovot HaLevavot (Sha'ar HaBitahhon, Chapter 4) that hishtadlut is indeed necessary. You can see this also by the Jews in the desert. They had to do hishtadlut (efforts) every day to get their manna in varying degrees, but they knew all along that the amount they would get was preordained. Sha'ar HaBitahhon does not say, however, ...


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If we look at bnei yisroel as "free" then we will not understand the true nature of yetzias mitzrayim. We were not "freed" in a complete sense -- we are bnei chorin in that we serve a different master. This sums up OUR responsibility as avdei hashem. You can look at the Emancipation of American slaves then, in a parallel light. Someone who is not a slave to ...


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To add to Rays answer from Chovos Halevovos "Shaar Habitachon" Gate 4 Chap. 4 SECOND CATEGORY - POSSESSIONS AND MEANS OF EARNING A LIVELIHOOD For the second category, the matters of man's possessions, means of financial gain in his various pursuits, whether in commerce, skilled trades, peddling, business management, official appointments, ...


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One practical difference is whether there is another mitzvah to take its place in order to have 613. According the the opinion that it is not a mitzvah, there must be another mitzvah that is Biblical.


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וז"ל החזו"א (אגרות ח"א טו) "והרבה פעמים הוגה על פי חכמים ונפלה מחלוקת בהגה' וגם זה בהשגחתו יתברך בעונש שכחת התורה ובהמתקת הדין שיהי' אלו ואלו דא"ח ונתגלה טפחים מהתורה ע"פ גרסאות חלוקות והרבה פעמים נפסקו הדינים היוצאים לב' הגרסאות כי לא במקרה נעשו ומובטחנו שלא נפלה טעות שאינו תורה כלל כי זה כרת אתנו ברית על תורה שבע"פ".


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There are records of Cyrus also restoring the gods of Babylon that Nabonidus, the last king of the Babylonian Empire, had moved from various Babylonian cities to the capital. That means that he promoted polytheism in that instance as a way to strengthen support from priests of Marduk in Babylon and the priests of Nabu in Sippar. This was undoing the work ...


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there's a story in "A Tzadik in Our Time" (forgot the page) where Rabbi Aryeh Levine was offered life insurance. He answered with a story describing how the heavenly court wanted to take him away but an angel was speaking on his behalf saying what about his wife and children who will be left orphans, etc. and afterwards the prosecutor said "wait! he has life ...


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The Sabba of Novardok in his sefer madregas haadom has a lengthy chapter on the idea of bitachon. He brings it down as a machlokes between the ramban and the chovos halevavos regarding what hitadlus a person should take. The ramban is of the opinion that no hishtadlus is necessary, so long as a person has bitachon even zero hishtadlus will yeild results. ...


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don't know about Rav Ashruv but regarding your last question "What do the sources have to say about how much Hishtadlut one should do for livelihood?" But if, from the beginning, we did not open a door to the desires and satisfy their wants, nor accustom ourselves to indulge in superfluous things and chase after them, but instead we reply to the ...


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God's mind IS the universe. Because we are IN Gods mind the only way to prove God is to CHOOSE to align our thoughts,speech and actions with HIS by reading the human beings manual (specifically ancient kabbalistic interpretation of TORAH) and doing mitzvot. In this way all our limbs, arteries, skin and flesh become Godly.You will never KNOW anything let ...


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Rebbe Nachman of Breslov was a proponent of the view that one should rely on simple faith rather than intellectual sophistication, and avoid philosophical works. Here are some quotes from his works that explain his approach. They do not explicitly define simple faith, but they give you an idea of what he had in mind. "Believe in God with pure, simple faith ...



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