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I understand the question to be (1) why the Rishonim were so interested in studying philosophy and (2) why don't we do the same today. The reason for (1) is because there is much wisdom in Greek Philosophy. The Rishonim such as the Rambam were not so interested in Greek philosophy but rather in sifting the truth from the falsehood in it. The benefit in ...


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Rashi to Shmuel II 19:1: my son, my son: My son, my son eight times; seven that brought him forth from the seven levels of Gehinnom, and one that brought him into the world to come. (Referring to Dovid about his recently dead son Avshalom). Although standard Rashi prints don't seem to source it, it is a statement found in the Talmud, Sota 10b. Tosofos ...


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This question asks about shifting attitudes over many centuries, and is somewhat open ended, so I will begin with general historical overview: The vast majority of philosophy and non-Talmudic study was by the Geonim and their intellectual successors, North African and Southern Spanish rishonim (such as Rabbenu Chanael b. Chushiel of Tunisia, and Rambam of ...



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