I read in a post on mi yodeya here that this Chacham, Rav Moshe Ben Chasday Mitaku wrote that G-d has a body. I am sure that the text is very interesting and I am curious to understand what he means. Is it possible to read the original text online? If someone can help me I will be very grateful.
This is very hard to read.

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    The only current extant is the version from the link that you have, although some of it is typed up here. However, several rabbis have dealt with his views, such as Rav Menachem Mendel Kasher in Torah Sheleimah vol. 16 pp. 308-322, Rabbi David Sedley (whose views are somewhat unusual) and Rabbi Ahron Lopiansky, "The Corporeality Which Never Was," Dialogue 5 (Fall 2014) May 10, 2016 at 15:25
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    It should be noted that his view is really only significant to the historian. His views do not reflect the Emunot V'deot of Rassag which was popular even in his own day in Europe. His views certainly do not reflect those of his successors. Rabbi, especially those who don't have training outside of the realm of halacha, sometimes say wacky things. I am not aware of any subsequent thinkers who relied in him.
    – mevaqesh
    May 10, 2016 at 16:40
  • @mevaqesh The point is that this shita is not that one can argue "I see an old man with a white beard, it was G_d", all machloket is complex. Precisely for this I want to know what was
    – kouty
    May 10, 2016 at 16:45
  • Let us continue this discussion in chat.
    – mevaqesh
    May 10, 2016 at 19:07
  • While not the actual text, this essay by R' Aharon Lopiansky sheds significant doubt on the classic assumptions about R' Moshe Taku's beliefs.
    – Yehuda
    Dec 14, 2020 at 14:42

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Rabbi David Sedley wrote an article about Moshe Taku and his corporealist views, in contrast with Rambam and Saadiah Gaon. In the article, he translates sizeable segments of Ktav Tamim which expressly describe his opinions. The article is available here: http://www.hashkafacircle.com/journal/R3_DS_Taku.pdf

I understand you requested the original text. As it is, we do not have the complete Ktav Tamim today. For the purposes of understanding Moshe Taku's stance, Rabbi Sedley's translation does a quality job.

  • @kouty: I took the liberty of sending R' Sedley a link to this question. May 10, 2016 at 17:14
  • @MichaBerger Waw. the topic is very strong for me. A great discovery wtih a great potential of understanding a lot of actual approach to Judaism.
    – kouty
    May 10, 2016 at 19:52
  • This is absolutely not a subject for me. and I believe not for anyone else either. But having said in the question "has a body", having glanced through the long article, I dont think that is what is meant, but "can" have a body. Meaning doesnt usually have but can appear in a bodily form. @kouty
    – newcomer
    May 10, 2016 at 19:57
  • @Micha Berger this debate remains for me a great source of thinking I guess that the approach of Jacques Lacan regarding the significant is the key of the sugia.
    – kouty
    Feb 27, 2017 at 16:21

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