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41. Claims of the False Prophet
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Yesodei HaTorah 9:4 If a prophet tries to abolish something that was transmitted as part of our oral tradition, or if he claims regarding a Torah law that God told him to render a certain judgment, or if he claims to know the law in a particular matter saying that it follows a certain opinion, […]
Asher Yatzar
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The minimum amount to urinate or defecate and be able to say asher yatzar is any quantity (kolshehu). If you did not say asher yatzar immediately after finishing, you may still say the blessing until the next time you feel the need to urinate or defecate. Say asher yatzar, even when you cannot wash your […]
40. Violating a Torah Law
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Yesodei HaTorah 9:2 If no prophet is equal to Moses, what is meant when the Torah says, “I will appoint a prophet like you from among their brethren; I will place My words in his mouth and he will speak…” (Deuteronomy 18:18)? The intention is not that the future prophet will come to innovate a […]
39. The False Prophet
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Yesodei HaTorah 8:3 If a prophet arises and tries to countermand the prophecy of Moses by giving signs and performing wonders, we may not listen to him. We know for sure that he is just performing tricks because the prophecy of Moses does not rely on wonders. Therefore, there’s no point in comparing wonders in […]
38. Accepting a Prophet
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Yesodei HaTorah 8:1 It wasn’t the fact that Moses performed wonders that caused the Jews to believe in him. If a person’s belief is based on wonders, he is not fully invested because it is possible to perform wonders through other means. All the wonders that Moses performed in the wilderness were not designed to […]
37. Moses and Other Prophets
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Yesodei HaTorah 7:5 Those who aspire to achieve prophecy are called “disciples of the prophets.” They may focus their attention but there’s no guarantee that God’s Spirit will rest upon them; one might or might not ever receive a prophecy. Yesodei HaTorah 7:6 All the things we have said about prophecy do not apply to […]
36. Symbolic Imagery
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Yesodei HaTorah 7:3 When a prophet receives a message in a vision, he receives it in metaphoric images. He instantly receives the interpretation of the images so that he understands the prophecy. For example, our Forefather Jacob saw a ladder with angels ascending and descending; this was a symbol for the way various empires would […]
35. Prophecy
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Yesodei HaTorah 7:1 One of the basic principles of Judaism is that God communicates with us through prophecy. Prophecy is granted only to a wise scholar of strong character, who never yields to his natural urges in any way. Rather, he always uses his mind to overcomes his urges. He must also possess very keen […]