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40. What Divine Providence Is
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Having eliminated what divine providence isn’t, the Rambam introduces one more position, the one to which we subscribe. The Jewish position on God’s providence starts in the Books of Tanach and is elaborated upon by the Sages of the Talmud. We will assemble this theory in pieces. A. The idea that man has free will […]
39. What Divine Providence Isn’t
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Historically, there are four positions that people have held regarding God’s divine providence. [III, 17] They are as follows: 1) There is no providence. The universe is the result of a freak accident and everything that happens in it is random, with neither rhyme nor reason. The Rambam tells us that this was the position […]
Where We’re Coming From, Where We’re Going
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Avos 3, 1: Akaviya ben Mahalalel says: Reflect upon three things and you will not come to sin. Know from where you came and where you are going and before whom you are destined to give account and reckoning. From where have you come? — From a putrid drop. Where are you going? — to […]