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This question was sent by R. Tzvi Hirsh Segal Spitz to R. Yosef Dovid Sinzheim, and is recorded as Question # 5 in Kuntres Sheva Chakiros. R. Spitz began by questioning the order of specific mitzvot but then moved on to say that he could not find any order at all. He then went on and on praising Rambam's masterful writing in all areas, such that it is nigh ...


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It is absolutely forbidden, whether by marriage or through prostitution, that the only way one is permitted is by virtue of some of the methods in Parashat Ki Tetzeh in the Pentateuch. Moreover, the marriage of a gentile is essentially different from that of a Jew, marriage to a Jew is a property act made by money, a bill or a marriage of a wife, and also a ...


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Observing the 7 Mitzvos does not change their status as Gentiles. The prohibitions of marrying gentiles (just like all other illicit relations) do not differentiate between righteous and wicked ones. The relations are forbidden in any way. PS I feel very uncomfortable discussing the details of the Jewish Halachah with a Noachide as it is not endorsed by ...


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Rabbi Yeshayahu Hollander, a member of the Sanhedrin said, “The Jews are commanded to be a nation of priests,” Rabbi Hollander [told Breaking Israel News,] citing a verse in Exodus. But you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the children of Yisrael.” Exodus 19:6 Clearly, the Torah is stating ...


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Rambam discusses this exact question in a responsum (1:150 in the Machon Yerushalayim edition) to R. Pinchas the Judge. He tells R. Pinchas to read his Sefer Hamitzvot where he lays out the rule that a mitzvah that is derived via one of the 13 principles of exposition is not called d'oraita unless the Sages explicitly say so. Kessef which is derived via a ...


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I think this requires a background in Aristotle's Metaphysics. In fact, this is the reason why many communities skip the first chapters of the Rambam's Code, and don't bother at all with the Guide to the Perplexed or with Rabbeinu Bachya ibn Paquda's Chovos haLvavos. As our surrounding culture has moved on from the Aristotelian worldview, these explanations ...


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Rav Eliyashiv (Vayshima Moshe 5:pg.34) held that one should not stand for the aseres hadibros. He held that those who stand and then sit for the rest of the parsha is lessening the honor of the rest of the parsha. Rav Eliyashiv holds that even in a place where most of the congregation stands one should still remain seated and does not have to worry about lo ...


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Rambam's reasoning is [seemingly] simple (to elaborate Alex's quote "...leads us to assume some inherent principle by which it moves; and this principle is certainly a soul."): Nature is divided into animated and unanimated. Animated world possesses the lowest form of a soul - the Nefesh (out of נרנח"י). Nefesh is one that allows it to move. Unlike the ...


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Rambam discusses this at length in Book II of Guide for the Perplexed. Particularly chapters 4-5 would be informative on this topic. You can read them online in the Friendlander English translation here. Chapter Four in fact opens by noting that you might find it strange at first: THE enunciation that the heavenly sphere is endowed with a soul will appear ...


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