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9. Angels
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Yesodei HaTorah 2:5 Since angels have no bodies, what separates them from one another? They are not the same. Each one exists based upon the influence it exerts in a series of levels, one on top of the next. This is alluded to in Koheles 5:7, “…there is a watcher above the one who is […]
8. The Nature of God’s Creations
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Yesodei HaTorah 2:3 Everything that God created in His world falls into one of three categories: Creations that are a mixture of both matter and form. Such things constantly come into existence and cease to exist. This includes such things as the bodies of man and animals, and plants. Creations that are a mixture of […]
7. To Love and Revere God
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Yesodei HaTorah 2:1 The Torah requires us to love and revere God, as per Deuteronomy 6:5 – “You shall love Hashem, your God” – and Deuteronomy 6:13 – “Revere Hashem, your God.” Yesodei HaTorah 2:2 How do we reach the state of loving and revering God? When we contemplate God’s amazing deeds and the wonderful […]
6. The Ramifications of Being Non-Corporeal
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Yesodei HaTorah 1:11 Now that we have established that God does not have a body, it is obvious that bodily functions do not apply to Him. This includes connection and separation, location and measurement, up and down, right and left, front and back, standing and sitting, etc. He does not exist within time so He […]
5. Understanding God
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Yesodei HaTorah 1:9 If God has no body, what are we to make of terms used by the Torah, including “His feet” (Exodus 24:10), “the finger of God” (ibid. 31:18), “God’s hand” (ibid. 9:3), “God’s eyes” (Genesis 38:7), “God’s ears” (Numbers 11:1) and similar expressions? All of these phrases are meant to relate to the […]
4. God’s Unity
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Yesodei HaTorah 1:7 God is One. He is not two or more. He is also One in a way that is different from everything else: He is not part of a larger category that includes many individual things, nor can he be divided into different parts like a person can. He is completely One in […]
3. Acknowledging God’s Existence
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Yesodei HaTorah 1:5 This One Who created everything is Hashem, the God of the universe. He controls everything with unlimited and uninterrupted power, keeping the universe constantly in motion. God keeps everything moving without having to exert any physical force whatsoever. Yesodei HaTorah 1:6 There is a Torah obligation to know that God exists. Exodus […]
2. God’s Existence is Unconditional
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Yesodei HaTorah 1:3 Even if nothing else existed, God would still exist. Doing away with everything else in the universe would not affect God because everything else requires Him to exist but He does not require anything else. Therefore, the reality of God’s existence is different from the reality of anything else’s existence. Yesodei HaTorah […]
1. God’s Existence
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Yesodei HaTorah 1:1 The most basic premise and the foundation of all wisdom is knowing that there is a Creator Who brought the universe into being. Every creature in the heavens, on the earth, and everywhere in-between only exists because of this Creator. Yesodei HaTorah 1:2 If God did not exist, nothing else would exist.