Maimonides' 13 Principles
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Maimonides #1 - God as Creator

Maimonides #1 - God as Creator

Why should an affirmation of God's absolute existence determine one's ability to fulfill Torah?

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Maimonides #2 - God's Unity

Maimonides #2 - God's Unity

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Pleasure and pain, joy and sorrow all have one Source.

Maimonides #3 - God's Incorporeality

Maimonides #3 - God's Incorporeality

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If one believes that God is physical, inevitably he will feel capable of escaping Him.

Maimonides #4 - Creation Ex Nihilo

Maimonides #4 - Creation Ex Nihilo

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With this Principle, the Rambam parts company with Aristotle and describes a God who necessarily preceded Creation and is free to choose to create.

Maimonides #5 - Service of God

Maimonides #5 - Service of God

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The roots of idolatry and free will.

Maimonides #6 - Prophecy

Maimonides #6 - Prophecy

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Divine inspiration cannot provide a sufficient basis for an authoritative Torah.

Maimonides #7 - Prophecy of Moses

Maimonides #7 - Prophecy of Moses

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The uniqueness of the Siniatic experience differentiates the Jewish faith from all others.

Maimonides #8 - Divinity of the Torah

Maimonides #8 - Divinity of the Torah

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Every letter of the Written and Oral Torah transmitted through Moshe Rabbeinu was of Divine origin.

Maimonides #9 - The Uniqueness of Torah

Maimonides #9 - The Uniqueness of Torah

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With the understanding that Torah is absolute, there is no time when it becomes inappropriate or irrelevant.

Maimonides #10-11 - God's Omniscience

Maimonides #10-11 - God's Omniscience

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Rosh Hashana instills the awareness that God judges and rewards my actions, which gives meaning, purpose, and justification to life.

Maimonides #12 - The Messianic Era

Maimonides #12 - The Messianic Era

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Waiting for the Messiah means knowing that he will bring the world to the recognition of the Almighty and at last fulfill the national mission of Israel.

Maimonides #13 - Resurrection of the Dead

Maimonides #13 - Resurrection of the Dead

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Why is it necessary to bring the body and soul together for ultimate eternal reward?

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