Akedat Yitzchak

History Which Educates

by R. Gidon Rothstein The Plain Meaning Also Counts R. Arama tells us he will dedicate the seventh sha’ar to how the stories of the Garden of Eden and its tree and rivers teach about human beings, our essence, powers, abilities, and various actions. Before he takes up the issue, he pauses to awaken us to a truth he says our sleeping ...

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Chanukah in Akedat Yitzchak

by R. Gidon Rothstein ‘Akedat Yitzchak intends to be a commentary on the Torah. Since I here focus on his ideas, I often leave out the interpretational element, especially since it would take much longer to explain—we would have to read the verses carefully together, to see how R. Arama fit his ideas and philosophy into the words of the Torah’s ...

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Study What Matters, Not What Doesn’t

by R. Gidon Rothstein Akedat Yitzchak, Fifth Sha’ar R. Arama has referred several times to the idea of angels guiding motions of the planets. In this sha’ar, he tells us he intends to dispense with two ideas apparently accepted in his time, the heavenly spheres are intelligent and more valuable to the universe, than people [remember: in medieval cosmology, the planets moved ...

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Creation Shows Us God

by R. Gidon Rothstein I have come to believe I cannot overstress how much I chop from R. Yitzchak Arama’s ‘Akedat Yitzchak to present what seem to me his core ideas. With all my efforts, he still unfolds his worldview slowly, the crucial points becoming clear only with a periodic review of what he repeats most, what he insists on telling us ...

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