By Micah Goodman, Rabbi Yedidya Sinclair

A publishing sensation lengthy on the most sensible of the best-seller lists in Israel, the unique Hebrew variation of Maimonides and the booklet that modified Judaism has been known as the main winning publication ever released in Israel at the preeminent medieval Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides. The works of Maimonides, fairly The consultant for the Perplexed, are reckoned one of the basic texts that inspired all next Jewish philosophy and also proved to be hugely influential in Christian and Islamic idea.

Spanning matters starting from God, prophecy, miracles, revelation, and evil, to politics, messianism, cause in faith, and the healing position of doubt, Maimonides and the ebook that modified Judaism elucidates the advanced principles of The Guide in remarkably transparent and interesting prose.

Drawing on his personal event as a critical determine within the present Israeli renaissance of Jewish tradition and spirituality, Micah Goodman brings Maimonides’s masterwork into discussion with the highbrow and religious worlds of twenty-first-century readers. Goodman contends that during Maimonides’s view, the Torah’s objective isn't really to convey readability approximately God yet fairly to make us detect that we don't comprehend God in any respect; to not get to the bottom of inscrutable non secular concerns yet to offer us perception into the real nature and function of our lives.

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And so it says, her kings and princes are among the nations; there is no Torah, and her prophets find no vision from the Lord. (Guide, 2:36) Since the kings and princes were among the nations, the prophets could find no vision. From this reading of the verse it appears that there is a causal relationship between exile and the cessation of prophecy. In this case, “her prophets find no vision from the Lord” serves as a proof for God’s non-involvement in the cessation of prophecy. However, Maimonides read the same passage as supporting the idea of God’s involvement in blocking the prophetic process.

A work that deals with the great riddles of existence has, down through the ages, become a riddle itself. 1 He begs the reader who believes that he has successfully deciphered the secrets and reached the transformative truth to swear that he will not share with anyone else what he has uncovered. Maimonides asks that his own unmediated teaching be the sole instructor. He wished there to be no courses on the Guide, nor any commentaries, articles, or books. Maimonides wanted anyone who sought to penetrate his secret to do so by means of a direct, personal encounter with his text.

Whereas for the founding generation Judaism was a burden to be cast off, today, for more and more Israelis, Judaism is a no longer a threat but is instead a source of inspiration and enrichment. The book in your hands seeks to explain another book, The Guide for the Perplexed. Apparently, tens of thousands of Israelis were hungry to know what Maimonides said, because my book, in its original Hebrew, became a best-seller in Israel almost from the day it was published. The big questions about God, existence, and the universe are not, of course, just Jewish or Israeli questions.

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