- God created the world purposefully
- Man’s role is central to God’s purpose for the world
- Man can know God’s Will and emulate His attributes
- God communicates His Will to man
- Man can choose between good and evil
- Man bears the consequences of his actions
- The world is perfectible
- God selected the Nation of Israel to be the catalyst for the achievement of His purposes
- God and the Nation of Israel entered into a bilateral covenant from which He will never renege.
- God communicated his expectations of Israel under this covenant through Moses; the Torah is the record of those communications.
- God authorized acceptable members of the Nation of Israel to interpret and apply the Torah to every reality encountered according to their understanding; this application is called ‘Halakha’.
- God selected the Land of Israel to be the stage where the Nation of Israel, in accordance with their Torah, carries out their mission.
the 12 principles? -בא ה"אדרבי" והעמידן על שנים עשר
As a result of a recent speaking engagement, I tried to formulate for myself the basic assumptions/beliefs of Halakhic Judaism. I tried being broad (and almost necessarily vague). The result was interesting – it became an alternative list of ‘ikkarei emunah’. I expect a Marc Shapiro – type fisking.
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