Akedat Yitzchak

Miracles and Faith

by R. Gidon Rothstein R. Arama intends this sha’ar to show the Flood fully proved Hashem’s having created the world from absolute nothingness (commonly referred to as ex nihilo, the Latin for absolute nothingness; I know none of us speak Latin anymore, but it is shorter than saying “from absolute nothingness” each time). Creation ex nihilo opens the possibility of miracles. [This last idea, Hashem created the world ...

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Noach Saves the World

by R. Gidon Rothstein Noach Redoes Adam The framework R. Arama used for the story of Adam, Kayin, Hevel, and then Shet (who R. Arama thinks combined the best qualities of Kayin and Hevel) repeats itself with Noach. As he was the first human after the Flood, his three sons parallel Adam’s three, Shem taking the place of Shet. The ...

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Balance in the Intellectualism

by R. Gidon Rothstein R. Yitzchak Arama’s Parashat Bereshit (week of 20 Adar Aleph): Balance in the Intellectualism with Which Humans Build Gd’s World Parshat Bereshit takes up more than a tenth of ‘Akedat Yitzchak. We already paused once in his exposition, after the four she’arim which gave his view of the seven days of Creation. I will briefly summarize what we said then, and ...

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