Principles of Faith
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שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #01: The Mitzva to Believe in God I want to begin by focusing on a famous question, which I think is much deeper than most of the standard answers given to it. For the Rambam, the belief that God is the source of everything is the first mitzva of his Sefer Ha-mitzvot.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #02: Faith Our previous shiur focused on the Rambam's claim that there is a commandment to believe that God is the source of everything.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #03: Faith and Practice In this shiur I want to offer a third way to think about beliefs in general and belief in God in particular.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #04: Rabbinic Faith and Maimonidean Principle Last week I offered a third way to think about beliefs in general and belief in God in particular.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #05: God as the First Cause After that long introductory investigation into the general nature of faith, I will now turn to a more specific discussion of particular articles of faith.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #06: Creation This week we are going to skip to the fourth of the Rambam's 13 principles because of its close relationship to what we talked about last week.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #07: Incorporeality If God had a body, what would it look like? Asked today, this question is almost too silly to be heretical.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #08: Thinking about God The last two shiurim, about God’s relationship to time and His relationship to space and nature, both concluded with something of a paradox.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #09: God is One "Shema Yisrael Hashem Elo-heynu Hashem Echad." "Hear O Israel the Lord is our God the Lord is one." This famous verse has been the Jew's testimony of loyalty to God for thousands of years.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #10: Worship of God The Rambam was a radical monotheist. Besides objecting to any sort of polytheism, the Rambam insisted that all religious activity be directed exclusively to God Himself; the use of intermediaries of any sort is banned.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #11: Worship In last week's shiur we talked the Rambam's insistence that God alone should be worshipped, but I did not explore very much what that worship involves.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #12: Prayer Last week I discussed the notion of avodat Hashem as embodied in the Temple ritual, setting aside the more familiar experience of avodat Hashem in prayer.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #12: Prayer Last week I discussed the notion of avodat Hashem as embodied in the Temple ritual, setting aside the more familiar experience of avodat Hashem in prayer.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #13: Prophecy Principles 6-9 in the Rambam's list all have to do with prophecy and revelation.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #14: Moshe as a Prophet – Torah min Ha-shamayim part I Rambam's seventh principle is the superiority of Moshe's prophecy over all others’.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #15: Torah min Ha-shamayim We began discussing the Rambam's understanding of the nature of Divine revelation (Torah min ha-shamayim) in the last shiur.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #16: Torah She-be'al Peh, Part I Alongside the Written Torah, we also have an Oral Torah, which is also, in some way (though exactly what way is controversial), of divine origin.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #16: Torah She-be'al Peh, Part I Alongside the Written Torah, we also have an Oral Torah, which is also, in some way (though exactly what way is controversial), of divine origin.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #17: Torah She-be'al Peh, part II Last week I focused on the Rambam's understanding of Torah she-be'al Peh, elaborating his notion of a core content that includes all the mitzvot and their explanations that was given at Sinai.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #18: The Eternity of Torah, part I The ninth principle addresses the future rather than the history of Torah.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #19: The Eternity of Torah, part II In last week's shiur, I wrote about the dialectic that exists in the Torah between dynamism and tradition which both insists on the Torah being the word of God as revealed at Sinai and encourages chiddush – innovative interpretation.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #20: Knowledge and Providence, Part I The Rambam's thirteen principles are arranged, in a sense, chronologically.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #21: Knowledge and Providence, Part II Last week I discussed how claiming that God has knowledge of human affairs involves a commitment, at least to some extent, to the conception of a personal God, which of course matches the depiction of God in the Torah.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #22: Hasgacha Peratit according to the Rambam In the last shiur before Pesach, I discussed the Rambam's understanding of hashgacha as manifest in natural processes rather than as a digression from or denial of them.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #23: Miracles, Nature and what Lies Between: Ramban on Hashgacha In the past few shiurim I have investigated the Rambam's understanding of hashgacha at length.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #24: Ends of Days, Individual and Communal, part I The last two of the Rambam's principles are eschatological – they present to us the basic principles of the end of days, with the twelfth principle being the promise of redemption through the coming of the Messiah and the thirteenth principle being the promise of the resurrection of the dead.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #25: End of Days, part II In the last shiur we investigated the Rambam's vision of the end of days and juxtaposed it to his conception of Olam ha-Ba.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #26: Mind, Soul and Body In the previous shiur, I did in fact complete my discussion of the Rambam's 13 principles. Even though that discussion was of course not comprehensive, I propose to move on to a few topics that are not explicitly addressed in the 13 principles.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #27: Soul and Spirituality In the previous shiur, I discussed the Rambam's understanding of the soul as "the form of the body," i.e., as the organizing principle of the human personality rather than an entity unto itself.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #28: Spirituality In the previous two shiurim, I discussed the soul and touched briefly on what counts as "spiritual" in our tradition.

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