Maimonides

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  • Evolving With The Values Of Kaplan And Heschel

    Jewish education has the goal to make a contribution to modern times by making tradition applicable. For Kaplan, it is not enough to blindly accept the culture in which we live, rather we must question and evolve. To evolve with our values is not to say that the values themselves are changing in their essential meaning. Evolving with our values specifically points to the idea that we must have an eternal concern with relating our understanding of our values with the values of society, and choosing our actions based on this interaction. It is not enough to simply walk around and only have concern for how our personal actions will affect our personal lives. This transitive concern for our affect on the world enforces a cycle of action and of observation in tandem with one another. Heschel stresses that freedom is not the freedom to act frivolously without regard for others; freedom is not to act as one desires. Freedom is a challenge against impulse. Impulse guides people to act with a dangerous amount of freedom when not they are not aware of the effect that freedom can have. The fact of having freedom means that we must use our freedom and our power to attain value in our lives. Heschel also argues for the protection of allowing people with various political, social, and intellectual backgrounds to have the ability to actualize their creativity in a way that benefits them and has the potential to benefit society. Kaplan argues fervently that Jews must understand the value…

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  • Tarsus And Maimonides

    inclination to the thing which they are habitude” which blind people to apprehend the reality from either material/physical aspects or metaphysical like religion or both. If people meet something that they are unable to apprehend the right attitude according to Maimonides should be don’t just trust the thing nor to deny it and also don’t try to apprehend it even if it is out of your intellectual limitation, then you “achieve human perfection—peace”. The wrong attitude is to “ pronounce false…

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  • Maimonides And Aquinas Analysis

    include Maimonides and Aquinas; though the former worked primarily through a Jewish context, which was better perceived by the Christian community than the Jewish, while the latter had a more Christian perspective. A review of Maimonides’ The Guide of the Perplexed and Aquinas’ Summa theologiae, with focus on chapter thirteen specifically, will illuminate how we are meant to think about God, what features are meant to be attributed to him, and how this pertains to the human existence.…

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  • Maimonides Rule Utilitarianism

    Maimonides’ theologically-inspired interpretation of rule-utilitarianism draws in foundation from a precept he devotes much ink to settling the merits of: The True Law [the six hundred and thirteen commandments of the Torah] … give[s] us the twofold perfection. It aims first at the establishment of good mutual relations among men by removing injustice and creating the noblest feelings. In this way the people … stay and continue in one condition, and every one can acquire his first perfection…

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  • Moses Maimonides The Guide For The Perplexed

    The Guide for the Perplexed was a book written by Moses Maimonides, and is considered one of the most important works in medieval times because of the influence it had on Christian, Jewish, and Muslim thoughts. Maimonides known for being a philosopher and a biblical scholar. With his book The Guide for the Perplexed he tried to help people decipher through the confusing thoughts of religion and science/philosophy. While The Guide for the Perplexed helped answer many conflicts between science…

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  • Comparing Maimonides And Baruch Spinoza

    Though prophecy plays a large role in religions across the globe, its mechanisms and professors remain shrouded in mystery. Two philosophers who have attempted to explain the phenomenon are Moses Maimonides (1138-1204) and Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677). The most prominent source for Maimonides ideas about prophecy is his work The Guide of the Perplexed . Though not a true Aristotelian, Maimonides adheres to concepts derivative of classical philosophical ideas far more than his contemporary…

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  • Maimonides Principle Of Faith Analysis

    The second principle of faith that Maimonides points to is the “truth of prophecy.” The second purpose of the “test” was to teach the prophets to believe in his or her own prophecies and to show no doubt in them. To explain this it is necessary to know that, according to Maimonides, God’s command came to Abraham in a dream or a vision, or in other words, a prophecy. As it is known that Abraham didn’t question this and didn’t doubt the truth of the prophecy, it is meant to be an example to other…

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  • Summary Of The Guide Of Perplexed By Maimonides

    Maimonides’ teaching on the problem of evil Moses Maimonides is a Jewish philosopher and doctor who was born in Cordoba. Maimonides showed his interest in philosophy and science in his early ages. Also, he studied the Jewish torah and many other philosophical books that were translated to Arabic. He was taught under the supervision of the Arabic and Jewish philosophers. In 1148, as Cordoba was conquered by the African Muslims, Jews community there had to either leave, become Muslims, or get…

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  • Moses Ben Maimonides Influence On Religion

    Maimonides whose full name is Moses Ben Maimon, also known as Rambam, was a Jewish philosopher, physician, and political advisor. He was born in Muslim Spain, lived there until the expansion of extreme Muslim groups then left to Cairo, Egypt. In his book Guide of perplexed Maimonides talks about theodicy, the issue of evil in the presence of God. He also gives explanations on the five opinions on providence and gives his personal views on these matters. To get a general idea on whom God is,…

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  • Criticism Of Maimonides Argument Against The Nature Of God

    Another group whose criticism seems to receive a criticism as harsh as the Karaites seems to be the Christians, whom Maimonides voices his discontent towards several times through his work. Perhaps even less forgiving with Christians, when speaking of Jesus of Nazareth the Rambam attempts to severe Jesus from the Jewish lineage, claiming that he is a Jew of virtue of his birth, and this alone, and casts him out for his false prophesying. Maimonides states that the coming of Jesus as Moshiach was…

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