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Rambam Hilchos Yesodei HaTorah Chapter 2

The Path to Love Hashem

1 hr 2 min

Class Summary:

This class, in Rambam the Laws of Yesodei HaTorah, chapter two, was presented on Friday Parshas Matos-Maasei, 25 Tammuz, 5780, July 17, 2020, streaming live from Rabbi Jacobson's House in Monsey, NY 

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    Moshe -3 years ago

    The Rambam writes that the deepest secrets of Torah

    Should not be broadly publicized but given over one to one to select calable worthy students.

      Yet, he is writing these secrets down, publicizing them for all to read (even before the printing press and computers) in violation of that which he wrote! 

      Like he said elsewhere about the prohibition against returning or living in Egypy, a halacha in his Mishne Torah that he violated daily! 

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      Shmuel G. -3 years ago

      The Rambam himself finishes off saying I only gave you a drop out of the sea. and does give you an in depth and thorough explanation. the word Derush means profound analysis. 

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    isaac -3 years ago

    Not fair. All scientists use laws of nature and the perfect logic and symmetry to reflect about our world, develop theories, principles, and laws, and yet refuse to give credit to the One responsible for it.

    When it comes to their benefit and joy, they all know there is a perfect system, structure, order, law, and a mechanism that is nuanced and brilliant. No one argues with that. But when you ask them to give credit to the organizer, suddenly, the order means nothing and is equated with chaos. 

    Common! Is that an inherent contradiction or what?!

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  • Anonymous -3 years ago

    In Halacha 4 - think of a 3D hologram projection - you can see it — it looks real — but it is nothing.

    I suggest that to Halacha 10 - even saying my eye sees, my hand feels, and brain understands- the very fact that the body is then explained as component parts — the infinite can never ( by definition) can not be broken into components — as such while we can’t understand - HAS TO BE if only as the definition of infinite — which we can’t understand.

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    Sara -3 years ago

    Rambam

    I walk on the Sacramento River levee often and today after class I saw him. RAMBAM

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    Simcha -3 years ago

    Question for Rabbi YY

    How can the Rambam contain his love and awe in a book of halachos? At this point, in Mishna Torah, where we are to come to 'know' HaShem, he can infuse us with the warmth and fire of Torah. I think on our level, we need to ground ourselves, otherwise we might 'fly away' and not want to return and get the ultimate job done down here. 334/200

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    • Anonymous -3 years ago

      See Rambam Laws of Teshuvah chapter 10 how he described love of Hashem, and see laws of Talmud Torah about Torah. For the Rambam, the two converge into one. 

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    Alizah Hochstead -3 years ago

    Question for Rabbi YY

    Thank you from Beitar Illit and a good Shabbos

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  • Anonymous -3 years ago

    here is a sefer about rambam and zohar

    https://hebrewbooks.org/55578

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  • Anonymous -3 years ago

    When does one use the creation to come to love and when does one use torah? (if one has limited time which has preference?)

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  • Anonymous -3 years ago

    The Rambam in sefer mitzvos says :

    היא שצונו באהבתו יתעלה. וזה שנחשוב ונתבונן במצותיו ומאמריו ופעולותיו עד שנשיגהו ונהנה בהשגתו בתכלית ההנאה, וזאת היא האהבה המחוייבת, ולשון ספרי לפי שנאמר ואהבת את ה' אלהיך איני יודע כיצד אוהב את המקום תלמוד לומר והיו הדברים האלה אשר אנכי מצוך היום על לבבך שמתוך כך אתה מכיר את מי שאמר והיה העולם. הנה בארנו לך שבהתבוננות תעלה בידך ההשגה ותגיע ההנאה ותבא האהבה בהכרח

    Why here does he not bring the way of learning Torah? Why in Sefer Mitzvos does he not bring looking into the briah? Why does the sifri not bring the idea of looking into the birah? The sifri implies only torah works because it says how could you come to love and the only answer is from the drasha of vehayu etc.?

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    • Anonymous -3 years ago

      Rabbi, if you have the sefer מאורה של תורה - א קובץ 

      The first piece speaks about the 2 rambams 

      תמונה

      תמונה

      תמונה

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    Sara -3 years ago

    Awe or Love?

    Some say that the love of GD comes after the awe, as opposed to the awe comeing after the love

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    Sara -3 years ago

    Boggles my mind

    Boggles my mind that some scientists who contemplate, analyze the creation, the systems, everything you said in the shiur don't believe in GD

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    Aharon -3 years ago

    I think better to use the power strip without the power surge protection cuz there's alot of power going thru these shiiurim and we don't want it to be interfered with -- we want to get the full impact of what Rebbe's teaching!!!    Let the full light and love and hope shine thru!!!

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    Moshe -3 years ago

    Wow! So many Dorisa Mitzvos! A chance to serve or scoff?

    The scoffer or nonbeliever, to justify their rejection of Torah because of the onerous burden of so many deraisa mitzvos (let alone derabbonin, minhagim, etc) might say that the long list of mitzvos described by the Ranbam is simply not doable, too onerous, inhuman,  etc.

      Yet anyone with any legal knowledge knows full well that if you look at the totality of  federal legislation,  federal regulations,  state and  local laws and regulations, etc it is easily thousands of times more numerous, complex and onerous than the Torah.  Any country's system is. The secular law applicable to any of us, in any country, fills many many bookcases in a law library.  

     To serve Hashem in so many ways  or to scoff because of the seeming burden?

      It is another example of  the exquisite set  up to our free choice. To the believer and the one desirous to  serve, the many mitzvos are just more opportunities to serve. But to the scoffer seeking justifications not to believe or serve, these same many mitzvos give him such justification. 

      E.g. The person who scoffs and asks whether Hashem really  cares that one wait another minute after 5 hours and 59 minutes after fleishigs, readily accepts that ths law says that the graas on  his front  lawn  not exceed 2 inches,or that he can be ticketed for putting out his garbage on the wrong day!

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