Maimonides: Reason Above All

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Gefen Publishing House Ltd, 2009 - Religion - 307 pages
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This thought-provoking and enlightening book uncovers unknown but true facts about Maimonides, his family and his unique, often controversial, but brilliant ideas.The reader is introduced to Maimonides' family, people who generally failed to share his rational approach to life.The book addresses provocative questions such as: did the majority of Jews before Maimonides believe that God has a body? Why did Maimonides and many rabbis disparage women? Why did Maimonides extol intelligent non-Jews? Why don't Jews say a prayer before such activities as having sexual relations or giving charity? Why doesn't the Torah condemn the five suicides committed in its pages? Why were Jacob and david passive when their daughters were raped? should rational Jews observe mystical Jewish practices and say mystical prayers? This volume contains surprising facts, such as: not all Jews believe that people have “souls.” Rabbis know that we do not possess the original Torah text. Rabbis suggest that Moses' staff had unusual magical powers. Jewish judges do not adjudicate cases according to Torah law. Many rabbis recognize that the ten plagues were not miracles. The Torah records how innocent people are killed for the misdeeds of their ancestors. dipping bread in salt is based on a superstitious fear of demons.
 

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User Review  - ShanLizLuv - LibraryThing

To be honest, I was a bit intimidated when this one came in the mail. For one thing, I knew very little about Maimonides when I started and for another, I have a family member who does. The way this ... Read full review

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User Review  - remonkey - LibraryThing

Rabbi Drazin's newest book on Maimonides' life and thoughts is a welcome resource to an English-speaking student.I am not a scholar, so I can only review the writing style and readability, not ... Read full review

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Contents

Maimonides and His Family
1
Maimonides
3
EXCURSUS 1
12
Aristotle Maimonides Philosophical Ancestor
17
Maimon Father of Maimonides
25
Abraham Maimonides A Diffrerent Approach
35
Abraham Maimonides Defense of His Father
45
Abraham Maimonides High Ways to Perfection
51
Biblical Interpretations Using Maimonidean Ideas
158
Maimonides Understanding of the Biblical Language on Gods Form Omniscience and Commumcation by Dreams
159
Does God Teach Torah To His People?
167
May Nonintelligent People Kill Themselves?
171
Rape in the Bible
179
Were The Ten Plagues Miracles?
187
Why was David Forbidden to Build the Temple?
197
Why Did God Kill Sauls Sons for Sauls Act?
203

Abraham Maimonides Torah Commentary
61
Maimonides Letter to His Son
71
Maimonides Descendants
79
Maimonides Wives
83
Some of Maimonides Writings
89
Maimonides Legal and Medical Writings
90
Maimonides Code of Law
91
EXCURSUS 2
97
Maimonides Medical Writings
101
Maimonides Medical Writings
103
Maimonides vs Hippocrates
113
Can People Prolong Their Lives?
117
Applying Maimonides Concept of Study Thinking and Using Ones Intelligence
121
Do We Have The Correct Text of the Torah?
123
EXCURSUS 3
128
Targum Onkelos1s Contribution to Bible Study
129
Tell Me about Your Staff Moses
139
Does a Jewish Judge Have to Judge Jewish Cases according To Torah Law?
147
Why Do Jews Not Make a Blessing before Certain Acts Such as Giving Charity?
153
Why Did The Ten Tribes Break from Judah?
209
The Misguided Nazarites and the Qumran Community
217
Did Hatred Destroy the Second Temple?
227
Original Ideas Based on the Maimonidean Method
233
Why Are ThirtyNine Types of Work Forbidden on the Sabbath?
235
The Irrational Mystical Origins of Dipping Bread into Salt
241
Drazins Bet
247
Philosophers Who Differ with Maimonides
251
Early Jewish Philosophers
252
Philo Understanding Torah Allegorically
253
Is The Philosophy of Saadiah Gaon Based on Moslem Theology?
261
How Saadiah Gaon Reformed Judaism
269
Modern Philosophers
276
Leo Smausss List of Critiques of Religion
277
A Critique of the Thinking of René Descartes
283
Do We Really Know What God Wants from Us?
291
REFERENCES AND ADDITIONAL READING
295
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About the author (2009)

Dr. Israel Drazin served for thirty-one years in the US military and attained the rank of Brigadier General. He has two Masters, in both psychology and Hebrew literature, a PhD in Judaic Studies, and is an attorney and a rabbi. He developed the legal strategy that saved the military chaplaincy when its constitutionality was attacked in court, and he received the Legion of Merit for his service. Dr. Drazin is the author of twenty-five books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authored with Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of three books on the twelfth-century philosopher Moses Maimonides, the latest being Maimonides: Reason Above All, published by Gefen Publishing House. His website is www.booksnthoughts.com.

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