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What an excellent question! They were many rabbis who supported and opposed the Rambam's 13 principles of faith. In his The Limits of Orthodox Theology: Maimonides’ Thirteen Principles Reappraised, Rabbi Marc B. Shapiro examines the principals. In his Commentary on the Mishnah, Introduction to Perek Chelek, Maimonides calls this dogma; whoever rejects ...


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From the perspective of Jewish law, the Torah requires that certain actions be done in holy places of various levels. The different levels of holiness are listed in Kelim 1:6-9. A house of study isn't holy in this sense of the word. For example, when the Torah requires eating sacrifices in a holy place (Leviticus 7:6), a house of study wouldn't qualify as "...


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Rambam Edut 18.3 יח,ז אבל אם אמרו להם, אנו אין אנו יודעים אם זה הרג זה ביום זה בירושלים, כמו שאתם אומרין, או לא הרגו, ואנו מעידים, שאתם עצמכם הייתם עימנו ביום זה בבבל--הרי אלו זוממין, ונהרגין או משלמין: הואיל והעדים שהזימו אותם לא השגיחו על עצמה של עדות כלל, אם היא אמת או שקר. [ג] וזה שהאמינה תורה עדים האחרונים על העדים הראשונים, גזירת הכתוב ...


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Notice that the sentence that you have bolded If, however, nobody knows of the act, or he separated from her before the zealous could kill him, his punishment is kares. speaks of a situation in which there are no witnesses that can convict him. The halacha requires that he have been warned by witnesses who can testify in bais din so that he can be ...


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Moses was instructed to remove shoes when he saw the Burning Bush because the place is holy. put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground (Exodus 3,5) Similarly, it is forbidden to enter the temple wearing shoes. Now, since there is no prohibition to enter a hall of study wearing shoes, it would seem that the ...


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Rambam himself writes (Teshuvah 1:4): עָבַר עַל כְּרֵתוֹת וּמִיתוֹת בֵּית דִּין וְעָשָׂה תְּשׁוּבָה, תְּשׁוּבָה וְיוֹם הַכִּפּוּרִים תּוֹלִין וְיִסּוּרִין הַבָּאִין עָלָיו גּוֹמְרִין לוֹ הַכַּפָּרָה. If he violated [something whose punishment is] excision or death by the courts and he repented, repentance and Yom Kippur suspend [judgement] and ...


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Mishlei is generally teaching a practical morality. It is about life, not about the soul after death. Someone who messes with another man's wife will be burned from having held her, as one who holds coals. (See the preceding pesukim.) This is true here and now, and has nothing to do with teshuva. Teshuva may be possible, but it would be necessary and ...


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