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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

choose wisely





The book "The Rebbe, the Messiah, and the Scandal of Orthodox Indifference" by David Berger is an attempt at history, an indictment, a lament, and overall a very childish appeal, focusing on the messianic trend in Lubavitch . It tries to tell of "the shattering" of one of Judaism's core beliefs codified by the Rambam. The book is the winner of the 2004 Samuel Belkin Literary Award from Yeshiva University.




The book "The Limits of Orthodox Theology: Maimonides' Thirteen Principles Reappraised" (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization (Series) by Marc Shapiro takes issue with the widespread assumption that Maimonides' famous Thirteen Principles are the last word in Orthodox Jewish theology. The author shows that numerous traditional theologians in the last 900 years have in fact taken issue with Maimonides' principles, both in their details as well as with regard to certain fundamental points in Maimonides formulation.
It is commonly asserted that Maimonides' famous Thirteen Principles are the last word in Orthodox Jewish theology. This is a very popular notion, and is often repeated by scholars from all camps in Judaism. Yet such a position ignores the long history of Jewish theology in which Maimonides' principles have been subject to great dispute.
The book begins with a discussion of the significance of the principles and illustrates how they assumed such a central place in traditional Judaism. Each of the principles is then considered in turn; the reasons underlying Maimonides' formulation are expounded and the disputes that have arisen concerning them are discussed in detail. Marc B. Shapiro's authoritative analysis makes it quite clear that the notion that Maimonides principles are the last word in traditional Jewish theology is a misconception, and that even Maimonides himself was not fully convinced of every aspect of his formulation.At the Yeshiva University's Seforim Sale, run by the Student Organization of Yeshiva (SOY) a featured lecture was given by Marc B. Shapiro who wrote the above book.

So my MO friends at YU make up your mind is the Rambam insignificant or not?

SEE who prints both items.

Also See THIS FROM KRUM NOT UNLIKEآیت الله روح الله خمینی BAGELS

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  • At 11/09/2005 11:21 AM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said…

    Amshi: Did you hear that armed gaurds were posted around the Rebbe's kever?

    He was getting death threats...

    BTW - awesome post! Shkoyech!

  • At 11/10/2005 2:36 PM, Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said…

    I think i'll choose a little from each... ;-)

  • At 11/16/2005 10:22 PM, Anonymous Yekke said…

    Can someone please tell me (for I cant get ahold of the book without paying :) ) which of the 13 ijarim are "not so ikar"? Ummm... One G-d? nope gotta keep it. Moshiach? thats one I want to belive. How about Moshe? well do you know of a greater navi? Oh well it seems that we are kinda stuck with being jewish for at least a while longer.


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