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    Prophecy VII: For Whom Is Prophecy?

    by R. Gil Student I. Subpar Prophets We have seen at length that Rambam requires intellectual and spiritual preparation for prophecy, even though he agrees that there is a divine role in granting prophecy. Abarbanel (Commentary to Moreh Nevukhim 2:32) disagrees with Rambam and instead accepts the vi...

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    Audio Roundup

    by Joel Rich I read an interesting short philosophical work titled “Ultimate Questions,” by Bryan Magee. His thesis is that human morality is rooted in some sort of sharedness of inner being so we know what morals are but are unable to support them rationally (since they aren’t rooted in reason). Wh...

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    Avoid Heresy, Even More Than Sin!

    by R. Gidon Rothstein Sermons of the Aruch HaShulchan, Week 14, Sermon 26: Avoid Heresy, Even More Than Sin! Sermon 26, the last one in the book (although not of this series, since I’ve taken them out of that order), is more big-picture than we’ve seen until now. While we’ve seen indications that Ar...

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    Open Orthodox Opens Up On Its Beliefs

    R. Dovid Lichtenstein, author of the book Headlines: Halachic Debates of Current Events, invited to his radio show the following people to speak about Open Orthodox beliefs: Rabbi Ysoscher Katz, Talmud Chair Yeshiva Chovevei Torah Rabbi David Rosenthal, Author of Why Open Orthodoxy is Not Orthodox R...

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    Prophecy VI: Why Believe A Prophet?

    by R. Gil Student I. Why The Torah is Eternal Other essays in this series We already discussed why Rambam emphasizes the uniqueness of Moshe’s prophecy — to make the point that the Torah cannot be changed. But not everyone takes that approach. In Mishneh Torah, Hilkhos Yesodei Ha-Torah (...

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    Books Received

    Torah Mysteries Illuminated: Intriguing Insights into the Essence of Major Torah Topics of Contemporary Relevance by Thomas Furst (Urim) Sweet is the Light by Dr. Charles H. Freundlich (CreateSpace) ...

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