Audio Roundup Special: Rabbi Wiederblank

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by Joel Rich

Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank -Rambam on Hashgacha Pratis

Part 1

The Rambam’s position on hashgacha pratit (HP) is complex. Any approach must maintain both din and mishpat. You can’t build a philosophy on one or two agaditas but rather on a total picture (hence it’s complex


Part 2

According to the Rambam’s philosophy yissurim shel ahava are either unfair or the term needs to be redefined.

The Rambam reviews a number of theories of HP which he will rule out before positing his own approach.


Part 3

Theories of HP ruled out by the Rambam include: no hashgacha at all, no “sublunar” hashgacha, total hashgacha (even on leaves) and it’s all good (even animals suffering).


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The Talmud is not of one mind on HP but the Rambam believes that our mainline hashkafa is that it must allow for bchira and must always be just.

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Rambam believes that HP is only for humans since humans have a connection to HKBH. The Besht felt it extends to even inanimate objects.

Part 6

Animals have hashgach klalit (HK) on a species, not as individuals. Humans should not expect to understand everything!


Part 7

The Rambam’s preferred theory is that HP is unequal in that it is directly proportional to an individuals’ perfection. How does this approach align with the priority of justice?


Part 8

Perhaps we can explain some seemingly random results (Nissim bseter) as being HKBH’s will being built into teva.


Part 9

Exploring the Rambam’s different groups in the palace analogy. Acting without understanding is not the highest level of accomplishment.


Part 10

The Rambam linked one’s connection to HKBH with the amount of direct hashgacha they experience. How do mitzvot relate to olam hazeh and olam haba? What is the status of mitzvot done without intention?

Part 11

Perhaps HP is on a sliding scale such that for a full tzadik it’s constan,t if not a full tzadik it maybe at a lower level (TBD).

Part 12

The lesson of Iyov is that we don’t understand how HKBH runs the world, that’s what bitachon (trust) is all about. You know it ain’t easy (HT – the Beatles).

About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.

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