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Surely Hegel knows more than God.


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Rambam In Igeret Teman states that every mitzvah has two 'parts' , or, 'aspects' , the one that benefits you (being away of idolatry, or In forbidden meals there is a health benefit to your body ) , and the part that you are fulfilling the will of god weather that brings your body or mind some physical or spiritual benefit, or not. Rab Elchanan Waserman ...


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I think the answer is no - God did not create Judaism in such a way as to require irrational beliefs. Everything in Judaism must be rational and if something seems irrational, it because its wrong / messed up in over our life in exile. See http://www.sacred-texts.com/jud/gfp/gfp171.htm where Maimonides divides Judiasm's precepts into 14 classes and in the ...


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its pretty irrational to think we can understand God. see this for example http://www.simpletoremember.com/media/a/rmb-whyisthereaworld/ nevertheless, we can still answer these to some satisfactory extent. see these lectures by Rabbi Becher who answers most of these types of questions http://www.simpletoremember.com/authors/a/rabbi-mordechai-becher/ he ...


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I wanted to address the general question without getting into your specific examples of which beliefs require accepting irrationality. G-d is infinite and we are finite. The most basic thing that we can understand about G-d is that He is beyond our understanding. The Rambam writes in several places (Hilchos Teshuva, Moreh Nevochim part 3) that G-d's ...


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The second question about being small in number is flawed, because, we don't believe that everyone should be jews. There are 7 Noahide commandments for the rest of the world, and the 613 for us. Note that the seven basically amount to being an upstanding human being who participates in civilized life. Non-jews who keep the seven are considered by rabbinic ...


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You might just be asking the wrong Rabbis. However, to give you a sort-of answer to why this is the case regarding specific details of the religion (such as the food question, and similar questions), belief that the Torah in all its details as it's been passed down to us as the will of God is a rational belief. Therefore, even if certain aspects of it ...


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In Bereishis 11:3, the people of the דור הפלגה say to each other "הָבָה נִלְבְּנָה לְבֵנִים," "Come, let us make bricks." The Rav zt"l said that this society was unlike the דור המבול -- this generation was "disciplined and well organized," and had a "strict political code." Among other things, they were "aggressive in undertaking, bold in design, and ...


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For what they're worth, here are my two sheqalim (having recently moved to Israel myself): The Lubavitcher Rebbe explains, per the Gemara and HaRaMBa"M, that a person's mentor should stand out in three qualities: modesty, compassion and kindness. All too often, I have run across Rabbis who have been know-it-alls or who haven't given me the time of day. The ...


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If you read the quoted pasuk carefully, you'll see that it isn't actually teaching that man has free will as if that were something that the Torah needs to teach. It's merely saying that, given that man has the freedom to choose, I'm telling you that the decisions that you make are ones of life and death, blessing and curse - so choose the path of life! The ...


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Your question ignores the reality of the twelve shvatim. Each with its own personality, its own sanhedrin, in some instances a definable different pronunciation of words and according to the Arizal different nuschaos hatefila. Having separate smaller groups is not necessarily a bad thing. I will relate a drasha I heard from one of my rebbeim in beis ...


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There have been several different sects of Judaism almost since the beginning of the religion. The oldest movements were Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes and Zealots Medieval movements included Karaites and Rabbinical Judaism Rabbinical Judaism split into Chasidic, Orthodox, Reform and Conservative in the US today Other countries have similar ...


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In Mishnah Makkot 1:10 there is a famous passage where, after discussing the laws of witnesses, the Rabbis debate how often the Sanhedrin should order the capital punishment. A Sanhedrin that would execute somebody once every seven years would be considered a violent Beit Din. Rabbi Elazar Ben Azariah says: "Once every 70 years." Rabbi Tarfon and ...


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This is a rather famous issue, so much so that Rabbeinu Bachya (1100's) already lists five answers to this question. Later, Abarbanel lists 7 (in his book Tzedek Olamim), and the Kli Yakar (to Vayikra 26:12) collects 9 answers. There are even more floating around Jewish literature (especially in kabbalah and chassidus), but I think that these will suffice ...


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Rabbeinu Bachaye says because the reward in the world to come can not be explained to people.


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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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I noticed recently the ramchal uses the same term in his book Derech Hashem (1:1) regarding chakira: ואולם דברים אלה ידענום בקבלה מן האבות ומן הנביאים, והשיגום כל ישראל במעמד הר סיני ועמדו על אמיתותם בבירור, ולמדום לבניהם דור אחר דור כיום הזה, שכן ציום משה רבנו ע"ה מפי הגבורה, "פן תשכח את הדברים אשר ראו עיניך וגו' והודעתם לבניך ולבני בניך" (דברים ד ...


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the purpose of nature is to provide a misleading appearance that the world carries itself. Therefore, when nature was created, with it came the loopholes for interpreting the world according to the view that the universe always carried itself. Even though, it was 5 minutes old, Adam looked like a 30 year old man. Likewise, the light from stars millions of ...


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It would seem that he agrees with the Ramban's explanation of the verse. אנכי ה - I am the First Cause that made everything - אלקיך - who is your ruler that you are obligated to serve. He goes on to say that "Who took you out" negates the Kadmus HaOlam, as it shows that He can change nature.


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Mosquitoes exist to feed the bats. All animals have a place in the food-chain.


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Yishai left a comment with a link to an article, in which the Lubavitcher Rebbe remarks that the mosquito is a creature that only takes, and doesn't give.... The mosquito does serve somewhat as a giver, the Rebbe explained. Its contribution is the lesson it provides for us. The mosquito is the one who teaches us the very concept that to be a G-dly ...


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This is adressed in the Tiferes Yisroel on Avos, ch. 4 mishna 3, oisios 20 & 21. The mishna says ואל תהי מפליג מכל דבר, don't be seperated from anything. The T.Y. explains this to mean not to question any of Hashems creations and to assume there is a good reason for them, even if we don't know the reason. He singles out the fly the gnat and snakes and ...


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Rabbi Avigdor Miller was once asked a similar question, I heard the tape. 'Why do we thank Hashem for the food he gives us, when He was the one that created us with the propensity to be hungry? And the answer is because if not for being hungry you would never realize what a gracious gift you received with your wellbeing. If you never became hungry, you would ...


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I don't think any word in biblical Hebrew does this but technically a ט with a shewa followed by a ש constructs the same sound.


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To say that there cannot be other creations or life existing elsewhere in the universe would be placing a limitation on Hashem, which would be kefira (heresy).



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