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Chazon Ish on Yoreh Deah 2:16 gives an explanation why this law is not operative today, namely he says that it applies in a time when divine providence is evident and heretics would know that their actions lead to catastrophes. But in our day, this is not the case, and people would see the killing of heretics as destructive and not constructive, so it should ...


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Maimonides’ Conception of God attempts to go into some detail about this. The point is that there is no way that a human being can conceive of something that is outside the bounds of the physical universe in which we exist. Anything that we can think of must be within the limits of what our minds can conceive of. An abstract analogy would be similar to ...


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Rambam explicitly states in Guide for the Perplexed 1:65 that God's oneness is not an attribute: AFTER YOU have advanced thus far, and truly comprehended that God exists without having the attribute of existence, and that He is One, without having the attribute of unity, (Friedlander translation) In Guide for the Perplexed 1:58 he explains that ...


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It is possible that the command to kill innocent people were not really Maimonides intentions. As you know, Maimonides was a rationalist and accepted much of the philosophy of the Greek pagan Aristotle. He accepted Greek thought, so much so, that some scholars question whether Maimonides felt, as Ralbag and Ibn Ezra did, that G-d does not know humans as ...


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Bracha on 2 cups of wine vs. all 4 cups at the Seder.


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