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Why no Oral Law in Rambam's 13 principles of faith?

The premise of your question is incorrect. In the 8th principle the Rambam explicitly mentions the oral law. Perhaps you were referring to the Ani Maamin formulation found in the siddur. That was not ...
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Rambam's view of Moses's miracles

First I will attempt to address the contradiction with the verses, as Rambam could theoretical change his opinion, or modify his view, but he cannot disagree with a verse. Therefore, an answer for the ...
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Why is Moshiach a “fundamental belief” (iqar)?

According to the Hattam Soffer (Responsa vol II YD 356) it is not, to use the OP's words "part of Judaism’s foundations", but rather, is "one of its consequences": אך א"א לי בשום אופן להאמין שיהי' ...
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What is the source of saying Ani Maamin daily?

The most well known source is Rav Yaakov Emden in his Siddur Yaavetz who writes: ״הירא את דבר ה' אומר זה בכל יום, ויכוין היטב בכל עיקר, ויאמינו בלב שלם בלא פניה, ויזכה לאור באור החיים הנצחיים״ Rav ...
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Chabad, Prayer, and Corporeality of Hashem

It’s important to note, that despite the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s indisputably vast command of Jewish sources, the rebbe himself acknowledged that had no explicit proof for his thesis. This makes it almost ...
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Why is "Moses was the greatest of prophets" a principle of faith?

TL;DR While Moshe Rabbeinu was a prophet, his prophecy was fundamentally different than all other prophets. R' Herschel Schachter in a TorahWeb article titled "Torah and Nevuah" quotes a ...
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Rambam's view of Moses's miracles

In Cheilek the issue is not the idea of Nevu'as Moshe as ultimate, direct national revelation- which is itself addressed in the earlier Ikar/Yesod. It's "Torah Min HaShamayim"- and though it may seem ...
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What is the status of someone who denies one of the Rambam's 13 Principles?

Your question is based on a mistaken premise. Nowhere in the linked question, or answers thereto, does it say that one is not an apikorus, min, kofer, heretic, etc. for denying one of Rambam's ...
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What is the status of someone who denies one of the Rambam's 13 Principles?

To answer the question straight-on, Rambam writes regarding all thirteen of his principles: When a person doubts [any] foundation among these foundations [i.e. his thirteen], he has left the ...
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Why is "Moses was the greatest of prophets" a principle of faith?

R. Joseph Albo discusses this in Sefer HaIkarim 1:3: Our first question concerning these principles which Maimonides laid down is, why precisely those thirteen? If it is because of the meaning of ...
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Where from the Torah does the Talmud know that all verses are from G-d?

Let me modify your question a little. Here is a full(er) quote extending yours: '“Because he has despised the word of the Lord”; this is a reference to one who says the Torah did not originate from ...
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Are there any traditional Jewish sources that indicate one should investigate the truth of Judaism and follow his conclusions?

Why is this idea not expressed by the Rishonim? What's wrong with my way of thinking? The idea isn't expressed in Rishonim due to the intrinsic problems with studying heresy. See the last perek of ...
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Are there any traditional Jewish sources that indicate one should investigate the truth of Judaism and follow his conclusions?

In the outset of the Kuzari, Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi (1075 – 1141) presents some rudimentary arguments of why one shouldn't accept some of the basic premises of Christianity and Islam vis a vis Judaism. ...
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Proof from National Revelation

Anything in life is possible, including that we don't exist. The question between what is "possible" and what is "probable" is a VERY important distinction. We act and rationally ...
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Metaphors and truth in Torah

The Rambam doesn't say that the Torah contains metaphors and myths. I do think he says two related things: 1- Parts of the Torah happen, but in a non-physical way. The Abravanel shows that to the ...
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Metaphors and truth in Torah

Rabbi Tatz deals with this in his works. He brings the school of thought in Torah thinking that holds like you; namely that the Torah's standard of truth should not allow for these non-true metaphors. ...
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Metaphors and truth in Torah

There is no difficulty here at all. Maimonides felt that God is not anthropomorphic or anthropopathic. Regarding the description of creation. This, too, is a metaphor. The Jews did not believe the ...
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Proof from National Revelation

It says in Yitro 20:16, וַיֹּֽאמְרוּ֙ אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֔ה דַּבֵּר־אַתָּ֥ה עִמָּ֖נוּ וְנִשְׁמָ֑עָה וְאַל־יְדַבֵּ֥ר עִמָּ֛נוּ אֱלֹהִ֖ים פֶּן־נָמֽוּת׃, “You speak to us,” they said to Moses, “and we will obey; ...
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Are there any traditional Jewish sources that indicate one should investigate the truth of Judaism and follow his conclusions?

In his Sefer Haikarim, R' Yosef Albo weighs in on this question: We must call attention here to a question concerning religious belief. Is a person who professes a given religion permitted, or ...
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Are Neviim Rishonim written by prophecy?

If they were just chronicles, they would not have been included in Nevi'im. If you read the book of Kings, you see many times it references the historical records of various kings. This implies that ...
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Consequences of not following the mitzvoths

After enumerating the list of thirteen principles, Rambam writes: וכאשר יהיו קיימים לאדם כל היסודות הללו ואמונתו בהם אמתית הרי הוא נכנס בכלל ישראל וחובה לאהבו ולחמול עליו וכל מה שצוה ה' אותנו זה על ...
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Why is "Moses was the greatest of prophets" a principle of faith?

First, many Rambam's opponents question the idea of the 13 principles being the "true" principles of Judaism (and the practical application for deciding who's called a heretic, for example). Second, ...
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What is the status of someone who denies one of the Rambam's 13 Principles?

For reference, the Rambam’s list of 13 Ikkarim is: Belief in a G-d who created everything Belief in exactly one G-d who is unique like nothing else is Belief that G-d does not have a physical form ...
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Elisha Ben Abuya inferences are Apikorsut or true fundamentals?

The first part of the quote from Acher was that which he held to be true until enter the pardes (i.e what he learned from his teachers). The second part is the conclusion he mistakenly drew based upon ...
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At what point is someone considered an apikoris?

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 ...
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