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20. What is Prophecy?
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Prophecy is the ability to receive and decode Divine emanations. It is the highest spiritual level to which a person can aspire as it requires a highly-developed imaginative prowess (by which we mean the ability to conceive of things not perceived through the usual five senses – refer to Aristotle’s concept of “imagination” or “phantasia”). […]
19. Moshe’s Unique Level of Prophecy
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In the Mishneh Torah (Hilchos Yesodei HaTorah 7:6) and his commentary on the Mishnah (Sanhedrin chapter 10), the Rambam gives four ways in which the prophecy of Moshe is different from that of other prophets. He declines to revisit this topic in Moreh Nevuchim as too great a departure from his main subject since the […]
Be Careful What You Ask For
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Even when nothing is truly wrong in our lives many of us will immerse ourselves in our problems and pour out our hearts to God. We’ll ask God for all our personal needs, the needs of our families and neighbors and even of the Jewish People as a whole. Definitely commendable! But rarely do we […]
18. The Revelation at Sinai
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The Rambam tells us that it is obvious from the Torah that what Moshe experienced at Sinai was very different from what everyone else saw and heard. [II, 33] Only Moshe was actually addressed by God, which is why the Torah uses the second-person singular.1 Moshe’s unique role is evident from such verses as Deuteronomy […]