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Hebrew: Ibn Tibon, Schwartz, and Kapach: http://mobile.tora.ws/ Schwartz: http://press.tau.ac.il/perplexed/toc.asp Kapach: http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/mahshevt/more/shaar-2.htm English (Friedlander) http://www.sacred-texts.com/jud/gfp/ If you're looking to pick a single one for Hebrew I would personally go with Kapach, but that's completely personal ...


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R' Dovid Miller, who has served as Mashgiach Ruchani of Yeshiva University, has two recorded shiur series on Derech Hashem up on YUTorah.org, one from 2005, and one from 2012. (Click on "Collections," and then find-in-page for "Derech Hashem" to find these two collections.) They comprise 82 and 97 shiurim, respectively, and a spot-check indicates that the ...


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See Does the Zodiac really have influence on our lives? where the view of the Rambam in his letter on astrology is discussed. To summarize, Rambam is of the opinion that astrology is ineffective and that sages who appear to have believed in it were either mistaken or speaking non-literally.


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Interesting and thoughtful question! Let's start with: Genesis 49:28: כָּל־אֵ֛לֶּה שִׁבְטֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל שְׁנֵ֣ים עָשָׂ֑ר וְ֠זֹאת אֲשֶׁר־דִּבֶּ֨ר לָהֶ֤ם אֲבִיהֶם֙ וַיְבָ֣רֶךְ אוֹתָ֔ם אִ֛ישׁ אֲשֶׁ֥ר כְּבִרְכָת֖וֹ בֵּרַ֥ךְ אֹתָֽם׃ All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is it that their father spoke unto them and blessed them; ...


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This understanding of the retrospective way in which even negative history ultimately leads to the culmination of G-d's plan is a very standard Kabbalistic idea. This is not a statement about future sin, which is always undesirable. See, for example, the ילקוט ראובני quoted here: הנה כבר נתבאר, כפי ערך גודל הנשמה, כן הוטבעה בתוך הקליפה, והם מבקשים לטנפה, ...


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Zohar Shelach 3:157b, while explaining Koheles seems to state a similar hashkafa as the Chassidim


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"The Ari says that while many rishonim were wrong on kabbalistic ideas the Ramban wa= s always right. R. Zadok says this proves that the Ran erred. He firther states that once the Zohar was revealed one is prohibited from accepting the Rambam and others who held that hasgacha does not apply to every individual and especially not to every animal. Rather one ...


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Rabbeinu Bachya (in Chovot ha-Levavot), from the 11th century: “We ought to trust in God with the trust of one, fully convinced that all things and movements, together with their advantageous and injurious results happen by the decree of the Eternal, under His authority and according to His sentence.” taken from the comments on: ...


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Contrary to your assertion, the Ramban (Nachmanides) does hold that Hashgacha is over everything. Here is a short excerpt from the last Ramban in Shemos Parshas Bo: For a person has no share in the Torah of Moshe unless he believes that all our affairs and experiences are signs from Hashem, that there is no independent force of nature regarding either ...


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I don't have any pre-Gra sources for you, but R' Chaim Volozhin makes the point fairly explicitly in Ruach Chaim on the words of mishna 2:8 אם למדת תורה הרבה, explaining the words כי לכך נוצרת: ואמר "כי לכך נוצרת" כי הנה כל אדם נברא לתקן מה, זה דבר זה וזה דבר אחר וכו And it says "for this purpose you were created" as each person is created to ...


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"The Ran (in Nedarim) explains that the exception to the rule of DDD is Eretz Yisroel, which the Ran categorically states that Dina Dmalchusa Dina is inapplicable in Eretz Yisroel, since the Torah declares Eretz Yisroel belongs to Hashem (Vayikra 25:23). Since Hashem is the true property owner, and He has encouraged all of Klal Yisroel to live in Eretz ...


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Personally one thing that makes me yearn for redemption in spite of physical affluence, is the increasingly religiously sterile environment in which western Jewry finds itself. (Described for example in Rupture and Reconstruction). Another thing we lack outside of our sphere of physical comfort is stability within the ranks of the religious. We find such ...


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Only G-d is a truly omnipotent king. All other rulers are ultimately under the control of G-d as it says "Lev melachim beyad Hashem"


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Some possible answers (unsourced; edits are welcome): The korban pesach, despite its peculiarities, is an individual korban (group, actually; but anyhow not a single animal for the entire nation.) (OK, the entire nation can combine as a single group, but the korban is effective because of the group, not because of the nation.) The korban pesach is ...



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