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Jewish philosophy as well as Jewish perspectives - i.e. not only formal philosophy. NOT for questions about Jewish practice unless there's a philosophical component.

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Rav Kook z"l offers a fascinating perspective. In his view, one has a natural moral compass which can be corrupted even by the excessive legalism common among talmidei hakhamim (and no doubt can be co …
answered Aug 5 '16 by mevaqesh
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Mesillat Yesharim (ch. 11) implies that Torah study is a means to an end: כפי רבות חשיבותו וחכמתו כן ראוי שירבה זהירותו בדברי העבודה ודקדוקו בה, ואם איננו עושה כן, הרי שם שמים מתחלל בו חס וחלילה, …
answered Jun 23 '15 by mevaqesh
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Rambam famously adopts the approach of negative-theology (see Rabbi Meir Triebitz's lengthy article about it here). That is, Rambam opines that we cannot speak about God in terms of what he (it) is, b …
answered Aug 23 '15 by mevaqesh
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Tl;DR Judaism doesn't clarify this conclusively, and while most rabbis opposed communism, some endorsed it. While some rabbis criticised democracy, others encouraged it. The ideal structure of gov …
answered Jul 28 '16 by mevaqesh
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Psalms (104:21) states: הַכְּפִירִים, שֹׁאֲגִים לַטָּרֶף; וּלְבַקֵּשׁ מֵאֵל, אָכְלָם The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their food from God. At face value this implies that …
answered May 3 '17 by mevaqesh
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Is the study of philosophy (particularly Greek philosophy including physics and metaphysics) forbidden, permitted, encouraged, or discouraged? Specifically what are the views of Geonim and Rishonim on …
asked Dec 15 '16 by mevaqesh
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First of all, it cannot be emphasized enough that Judaism does not, and certainly since the days of the Sanhedrin, has not had, an official spokesman. Accordingly, it is essentially impossible to answ …
answered Jul 20 '16 by mevaqesh
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One very notable work of rationalist Jewish philosophy is (Hanivchar) B'emunot V'deot by Rav Saadya Gaon. Written in Arabic in the 10th century, it is the first systematic presentation and philosophi …
answered Jan 17 '16 by mevaqesh
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Regarding the plagues in Egypt, his son R. Abraham writes in his Torah commentary (Exodus 7: 11) in the name of R. Saadya Gaon (9th-10th century) that when the Torah states that "they too did so with …
answered Jan 28 '16 by mevaqesh
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Your question implies belief in magical forces that apparently aren't a proof of some other religion, or set of beliefs. If, indeed, one subscribes to such beliefs, then any story of miracles ought n …
answered Dec 26 '17 by mevaqesh
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As noted by @רבותמחשבות a classical work on the reasons for mitsvot is the Sefer HaHinnukh which goes through all of the mitsvot, and provides descriptions of the mitsvot, and their reasons. Another …
answered Dec 27 '17 by mevaqesh
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R. Hayyim Paltiel (13th cent.) asks this exact question in his commentary to Genesis (28:15): לא אעזבך. שנ' לא ראיתי צדיק נעזב וזרעו מבקש לחם. וא"ת והא מעשה בכל יום שצדיקים עניים וגם בניהם, I …
answered May 8 '17 by mevaqesh
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Rambam repudiates astrology, writing that only fools believe in astrology (Hil. Avoda Zara 11:17-8): יז ודברים האלו--כולן, דברי שקר וכזב הן; והן שהטעו בהן עובדי עבודה זרה הקדמונים לגויי הארצות, כ …
answered Feb 11 '15 by mevaqesh
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Is it possible to perform a prayer or act such as a mitsvah which will lead to any effect, particularly a reward, to the deceased? Many popular practices, such as the recitation of kaddish (Rema YD 3 …
asked Aug 16 '17 by mevaqesh
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It is clear from this answer of R. Elchanan Lewis, that there is no problem: It is a standard treatment for men and is not a problem of Beged Isha. From what I read on their website I can't s …
answered Nov 17 '17 by mevaqesh

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