Tag Archives: Maimonides

Rational Religion and Aesthetic Philosophy (Maimonides)

Was it a gentle, gnostic melancholy? A critical theorist and colleague friend who I am positive is “definitely not religious” makes an offhand comment in the early months of the pandemic about “the cruelty of nature.” The anthropomorphism caught my … Continue reading

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Rabbi Nahum Rabinovitch on Philosophy of Halakhah

Originally posted on The Book of Doctrines and Opinions::
Last month, Rabbi Nahum Eliezer Rabinovitch, the dean of Yeshivat Birkat Moshe in Maale Adumim, passed away at the age of 92 years old. As a tribute to him at the…

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Foucault & Maimonides (Coronavirus)

The Coronovirus pandemic keeps bringing me back as a go-to to Foucault (always under the influence of colleague and friend Gail Hamner) and to Maimonides (at the suggestion of colleague and friend Bill Plevan who recommended reading Hilkhot Deot). Foucault … Continue reading

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(Knowledge/Power) Maimonides (Art of Reason)  

Maimonidean reason has in common with Foucault a basic correlation between knowledge and power. It pops up in the introduction to Commentary on the Mishnah. Wisdom adds to the inner power of a person which is the actualization of human … Continue reading

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(Maimonides) Talmud Torah (Mean As Spit)

Curious about the initial reluctance among Haredi authorities to shut down the yeshivot in response to the coronavirus, I went to take another look at the Hilkhot Talmud Torah in the Mishneh Torah. My thoughts about the Haredi response were … Continue reading

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(Maimonides) The Difference Between Religious & Secular Is The Difference Between Heaven & Earth (Mishneh Torah)

By way of a little contribution via Maimonides to academic arguments about the existence or non-existence of “religion” and “the secular.” The argument is that the two terms along with the judgment that posits either the difference or separation between … Continue reading

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(Maimonides Says) Cultivate the Middle Way (Hilkhot Deot) (Coronavirus)

At the time of a global health pandemic, where better to turn than to the Great Eagle? Hilkhot Deot is a moral-medical compendium, famous for its elaboration upon the Aristotelean mean. But that’s not the half of it. The larger … Continue reading

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Teshuva Love-Sick (Maimonides)

Proving something about the sensual, even arabesque, core at the heart of Maimonidean rationalism by way of proving R. Akiva’s dictum that the Song of Songs is the Holy of Holies is some over the top love-sick camp from Maimonides … Continue reading

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Rambam Machberet

Please chime in by way of a “like” in FB if you encountered the Rambam machberet in Hebrew School, growing up and in what years. If I remember correctly, my Maimonides was heavier set. Extra points for anyone who know … Continue reading

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(Maimonides) Makalah Fi-Sina-At Al-Mantik (Treatise on Logic)

In its own way a page-turner, his Treatise on Logic is a useful little guide to Maimonidean thought. This version of the 1938 English translation by Israel Efros for the American Academy of Jewish Research comes with the Arabic original … Continue reading

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