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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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There is dispute among the commentators as to whether or not Ramban meant that seriously or just said it for the debate. R. Yaakov Kamanetzky z"l writes (Emet L'yaakov Genesis 44:18) that Ramban just …
answered Feb 1 '15 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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Rav Sa'adya Gaon writes in Emunot V'deot (Ma'amar 2 s.v. v'hinei ani) that in reference to God, remembrance refers to salvation: ובהצלת הברואים מענין שמצער אותם קוראים אותו זכירה, שאמרו (בראשית ח' …
answered May 11 '17 by mevaqesh
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Wikipedia says: Cicero stated the twins objection (that with close birth times, personal outcomes can be very different), later developed by Saint Augustine. He argued that since the other planets ar …
answered Aug 4 '15 by mevaqesh
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The main point in the question seems to be: The idea of a celestial and divine Messiah incarnate in Jesus the Nazarene would not be out of the Jewish tradition, for many Jews believed in the Messi …
answered Dec 17 '17 by mevaqesh
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A proof that one should divorce is Ezra ch. 10 where he tries to encourage everybody to leave their non-Jewish wives, he does not tell them to stay together to avoid the mizbeach shedding tears. Furt …
answered Feb 17 '15 by mevaqesh
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R. H. Shachter notes in a shiur here (beginning at minute 66)1 that the Baal HaMeor seems to have embraced the secular chronology (to the ire of the Raavad) and added that Chazal's fallibility is affi …
answered Mar 19 '15 by mevaqesh
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There are certain cases in which it is appropriate to kill someone, and certain cased in which killing is inappropriate. Typically appropriate killing would be legal executions. For discussion of when …
answered Jan 11 '18 by mevaqesh
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This is also stated in the anonymous medieval work Pischei Shaarei Avodah (ch. 1) attributed by some to Rabbenu Yonah כי הא-ל ית' אינו מבקש מבני אדם כי אם לפי כחם "For the blessed God only makes …
answered Aug 30 '15 by mevaqesh
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Ritva explains that there are two reasons for the inclusion of this verse (Jeremiah 10:25) at this point in the Haggada. First of all, because the four cups correspond to the four retributions God wil …
answered Apr 5 '17 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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Ramban writes the following in Sha'ar Hag'mul of his Torat Ha'adam: שכר הנפשות וקיומם בעולם הנשמות נקרא לרבותינו גן עדן, ופעמים קורין אותו עליה וישיבה של מעלה The reward for souls, and their …
answered Dec 6 '16 by mevaqesh
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Someone asked this to Rav Meir Mazuz Shlita here: אשתי מורה ועושה תואר שני בתנ"ך במכללה דתית [מהזרם הציוני דתי]. במהלך אחד הקורסים, נתבקשו ע"י מרצה אחד, לקרוא מאמר של שפינוזה. וכן דברו שם על בקורת …
answered Aug 12 '15 by mevaqesh
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Presumably the reference is to Sanhedrin 103a: אמר רבי יוחנן משום רבי שמעון בן יוחי: מאי דכתיב וישמע אליו ויחתר לו, ויעתר לו מיבעי ליה! - מלמד שעשה לו הקדוש ברוך הוא כמין מחתרת ברקיע, כדי לקבלו בת …
answered Dec 5 '16 by mevaqesh
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Personally one thing that makes me yearn for redemption in spite of physical affluence, is the increasingly religiously sterile environment in which western Jewry finds itself. (Described for example …
answered Apr 9 '15 by mevaqesh

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