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Moshe Halbertal

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300140910

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300140910.001.0001

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The Reasons for the Commandments

The Reasons for the Commandments

(p.239) Chapter 7 The Reasons for the Commandments

Moshe Halbertal

Yale University Press

This chapter analyzes the meaning of halakhah and religious praxis as a signal indicator of the originality, profundity, and influence of a particular mode of thinking in the history of Jewish thought. It looks at Nahmanides's insights into the realm of the Godhead and into the process of emanation from within Absolute Privation. It also explores Nahmanides's ideas about humanity's place in the cosmos and his theories of prophecy and the miraculous. The chapter discusses how Nahmanides invested much energy into supplying reasons for the commandments. It points out Nahmanides's intention to translate his metaphysical and anthropological ideas into a meaningful framework for the performance of the commandments.

Keywords:   Nahmanides, halakhah, religious praxis, Jewish thought, Godhead, Absolute Privation, commandments

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