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If someone has doubts about what many consider foundation principles of Judiasm does that make him a heretic? Or is it only if a person comes to a conclusion that it is false at which point he becomes a heretic?

  • highly related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/35082/8775. – mevaqesh Sep 2 '16 at 20:41
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    @mevaqesh They might be dupes – Double AA Sep 2 '16 at 20:52
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    A typical story is someone who approaches a rav and says that he has decided he is an apokoros. The rave responds "You are not an apikorus, you are an ignoramus". Usually a person who decides that Judaism is false is not a "heretic", he is an idiot who does not know enough to come to a legitimate conclusion. – sabbahillel Sep 2 '16 at 21:20
  • I remember reading a Rashi (cannot remember the gemara!) which said that someone who is disparaging/disrespectful of a Talmid chacham is considered an apikorus. – bondonk Sep 4 '16 at 7:20
  • possible dupe: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/67826/8775. – mevaqesh Sep 5 '16 at 5:11
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The point at which he rejects anyone of the Rambams 13 Ani Mamins you either belive them or not it is binary. It is totally ok to question but only if you are searching for answers. Only you can know truly if you are a kofer. You being the theoretical subject.

  • you either belive them or not it is binary. It is totally ok to question The two halves of this quote seem to contradict each other. Consider editing to clarify. – mevaqesh Sep 4 '16 at 5:22
  • The point at which he rejects anyone of the Rambams 13 Ani Mamins It should be noted that the popular ani maamins were not written by Rambam and sometimes differ with what he actually did write. Also, while popular, many aspects of them have been disputed by countless rabbinic greats since then. – mevaqesh Sep 4 '16 at 5:25
  • Wether or not the Rambam wrote them the torah world exepts these as benchmarks. – HahamG Sep 4 '16 at 9:45
  • My point was one may ask questions about gravity in order to learn with denying gravity's existance – HahamG Sep 4 '16 at 11:16
  • This is the generally accepted standard. However it is important to note that the Sages did not mention such requirements when acepting converts. Maimonides adds this in. – Baby Seal Sep 4 '16 at 13:22

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