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Amah

June 19, 2006, by

[pl. "amot"] a unit of length, equal to six “tefachim,” or approximately 48 centimeters, or 19.2 inches. An example of its use in Jewish Law is in connection with the “Sukkah,” where the maximum height is 20 “amot,” approximately 960 cm., corresponding to about 384 inches or 32 feet.

Amen

June 19, 2006, by

[adverb] the response given upon hearing a blessing, meaning “so be it;” also interpreted as an abbreviation of “E-l Melech Ne’eman,” “The Mighty and Faithful King,” where we see the relationship between “Amen” and “Ne’eman,” “Faithful”

Amora

June 19, 2006, by

[Aramaic; plural: Amoraim] A scholar of the Gemara; examples: Abaye and Rava

Ani Maamin Overview

August 30, 2006, by

“Ani Maamin” – “I Believe” – these are the first two words of each of the Thirteen Principles of Faith laid down by the Rambam (Maimonides) in the twelfth century. They are based, in turn, on Thirteen “Foundations” that appear in his “Peirush HaMishnayot,” “Explanations of the Mishnah” on Perek (Chapter) “Chelek.” The name of the chapter is based on the statement in Pirkei Avot, that each Jew has a share (a “chelek”) in the “World-to-Come.”

Ani Maamin-1

August 30, 2006, by

“Ani Maamin-1” – First of the Thirteen Principles of the Jewish Faith laid down by the Rambam in the twelfth century: “I believe with complete faith that the Creator, Blessed is His Name, creates and guides all creatures, and that He alone made, makes, and will make everything.”

Ani Maamin-10

August 30, 2006, by

“Ani Maamin-10” – Tenth of the Thirteen Principles of the Jewish Faith laid down by the Rambam in the twelfth century, and the first of the four principles relating to what we believe regarding G-d’s System of Rewards and Punishments for the individual, the ultimate Redemption of the Jewish People and of Humanity by the arrival of the Mashiach, and the Revival of the Dead

Ani Maamin-11

August 30, 2006, by

“Ani Maamin-11” – Eleventh of the Thirteen Principles of the Jewish Faith laid down by the Rambam in the twelfth century, and the second of the four Principles relating to what we believe regarding G-d’s System of Rewards and Punishments for the individual, the ultimate Redemption of the Jewish People and of Humanity by the arrival of the Mashiach, and the Revival of the Dead.

Ani Maamin-2

August 30, 2006, by

“Ani Maamin-2” – Second of the Thirteen Principles of the Jewish Faith laid down by the Rambam in the twelfth century, and the second of the five principles relating to the Existence and Nature of G-d.

Ani Maamin-3

August 30, 2006, by

“Ani Maamin-3” – Third of the Thirteen Principles of the Jewish Faith laid down by the Rambam in the twelfth century, and the third of five principles relating to the Existence and Nature of G-d.

Ani Maamin-4

August 30, 2006, by

“Ani Maamin-4” – Fourth of the Thirteen Principles of the Jewish Faith laid down by the Rambam in the twelfth century, and the fourth of five principles relating to the Existence and Nature of G-d.