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15. The Simultaneity of Creation
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The articles in this series are based upon ideas expressed in the Rambam’s Moreh Nevuchim (The Guide for the Perplexed). Numbers in brackets represent the book and chapter of Moreh Nevuchim where these ideas are discussed. The Rambam previously stated [II, 25] that, were there sufficient scientific proof, he would have no difficulty writing off […]
14. Miracles and “Nothing New Under the Sun”
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Last time, we concluded with a Talmudic dictum (Sanhedrin 97a) about the world lasting for 6,000 years, which the Rambam demonstrates should not be taken literally, as the quote continues that the world will then be a wasteland for 1,000 years – a clear indication that it must still exist! It must also be noted […]
Equilibrium
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With all the unprovoked anti-Semitic sentiment flaring all over the world  many of us will no doubt try to make sense or even come to terms with the situation around us. How could the world be angered at the Jewish People for mere self-defense? How has the oppressor been turned into the oppressed? These are […]
13. Did the Prophets Foretell the End of the World?
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If you hear someone speaking a language you’ve never heard before, you would still recognize the sounds coming out of his mouth as speech. In the stranger’s language, you may perceive a word here and there that sound like words in your own language. Not only might these words mean different things to the two […]