Akedat Yitzchak

Hashem’s Ethics Are Not Always Ours

by R. Gidon Rothstein Akedat Yitzhak, Sha’ar Twenty-Seven, Part 2 The Exceptionalism of Learning from Hashem Directly R. Arama returns to his original analogy of a human being as a tree. Trees root in the ground, and their branches extend from their trunks. Humans generally must rely on their intellects to understand the world around them, to evaluate their choices, ...

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Character Follows Faith

by R. Gidon Rothstein Akedat Yitzhak, Sha’ar Twenty-Seven People of Torah values build their faith foundation first, then construct the content of their character, R. Arama intends this sha’ar to explain, in contrats to philosophers, who allow their intellectual examination of issues to shape their pre-exidsting character [an idea and issue certainly acute in our times, when many people assume ...

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Dreams Lack Clarity

by R. Gidon Rothstein Ya’akov’s Ladder Dream R. Arama thinks the famous ladder of Ya’akov’s dream symbolizes reality, the link between the physical and the heavenly, the vehicle of Hashem’s influence descending to Earth’s inhabitants. For him, the angels in the dream were great people, whose thoughts and musings have them reach upwards, step by step, to where Hashem resides.  ...

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