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Principles of Faith
Teacher Title Abstract Course
Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #01: The Mitzva to Believe in God I want to begin by focusing on a famous question, which I think is much deeper than most of the standard answers given to it. For the Rambam, the belief that God is the source of everything is the first mitzva of his Sefer Ha-mitzvot. Principles of Faith
Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #02: Faith Our previous shiur focused on the Rambam's claim that there is a commandment to believe that God is the source of everything. Principles of Faith
Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #03: Faith and Practice In this shiur I want to offer a third way to think about beliefs in general and belief in God in particular. Principles of Faith
Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #04: Rabbinic Faith and Maimonidean Principle Last week I offered a third way to think about beliefs in general and belief in God in particular. Principles of Faith
Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #05: God as the First Cause After that long introductory investigation into the general nature of faith, I will now turn to a more specific discussion of particular articles of faith. Principles of Faith
Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #06: Creation This week we are going to skip to the fourth of the Rambam's 13 principles because of its close relationship to what we talked about last week. Principles of Faith
Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #07: Incorporeality If God had a body, what would it look like? Asked today, this question is almost too silly to be heretical. Principles of Faith
Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #08: Thinking about God The last two shiurim, about God’s relationship to time and His relationship to space and nature, both concluded with something of a paradox. Principles of Faith
Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #09: God is One "Shema Yisrael Hashem Elo-heynu Hashem Echad." "Hear O Israel the Lord is our God the Lord is one." This famous verse has been the Jew's testimony of loyalty to God for thousands of years. Principles of Faith
Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #10: Worship of God The Rambam was a radical monotheist. Besides objecting to any sort of polytheism, the Rambam insisted that all religious activity be directed exclusively to God Himself; the use of intermediaries of any sort is banned. Principles of Faith
Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #11: Worship In last week's shiur we talked the Rambam's insistence that God alone should be worshipped, but I did not explore very much what that worship involves. Principles of Faith
Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #12: Prayer Last week I discussed the notion of avodat Hashem as embodied in the Temple ritual, setting aside the more familiar experience of avodat Hashem in prayer. Principles of Faith
Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #12: Prayer Last week I discussed the notion of avodat Hashem as embodied in the Temple ritual, setting aside the more familiar experience of avodat Hashem in prayer. Principles of Faith
Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #13: Prophecy Principles 6-9 in the Rambam's list all have to do with prophecy and revelation. Principles of Faith
Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #14: Moshe as a Prophet – Torah min Ha-shamayim part I Rambam's seventh principle is the superiority of Moshe's prophecy over all others’. Principles of Faith
Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #15: Torah min Ha-shamayim We began discussing the Rambam's understanding of the nature of Divine revelation (Torah min ha-shamayim) in the last shiur. Principles of Faith
Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #16: Torah She-be'al Peh, Part I Alongside the Written Torah, we also have an Oral Torah, which is also, in some way (though exactly what way is controversial), of divine origin. Principles of Faith
Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #16: Torah She-be'al Peh, Part I Alongside the Written Torah, we also have an Oral Torah, which is also, in some way (though exactly what way is controversial), of divine origin. Principles of Faith
Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #17: Torah She-be'al Peh, part II Last week I focused on the Rambam's understanding of Torah she-be'al Peh, elaborating his notion of a core content that includes all the mitzvot and their explanations that was given at Sinai. Principles of Faith
Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #18: The Eternity of Torah, part I The ninth principle addresses the future rather than the history of Torah. Principles of Faith
Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #19: The Eternity of Torah, part II In last week's shiur, I wrote about the dialectic that exists in the Torah between dynamism and tradition which both insists on the Torah being the word of God as revealed at Sinai and encourages chiddush – innovative interpretation. Principles of Faith
Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #20: Knowledge and Providence, Part I The Rambam's thirteen principles are arranged, in a sense, chronologically. Principles of Faith
Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #21: Knowledge and Providence, Part II Last week I discussed how claiming that God has knowledge of human affairs involves a commitment, at least to some extent, to the conception of a personal God, which of course matches the depiction of God in the Torah. Principles of Faith
Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #22: Hasgacha Peratit according to the Rambam In the last shiur before Pesach, I discussed the Rambam's understanding of hashgacha as manifest in natural processes rather than as a digression from or denial of them. Principles of Faith
Rav Joshua Amaru Shiur #23: Miracles, Nature and what Lies Between: Ramban on Hashgacha In the past few shiurim I have investigated the Rambam's understanding of hashgacha at length. Principles of Faith

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