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Hashem is Intimately Involved in Our World: A Four-Pronged Response to the Philosophers

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Venue: YU Wilf Campus YU Wilf Campus

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Maharal uncovers the deeper meaning of Hashem's daily schedule as depicted in Avoda Zara 3b. From Chiddushei Aggados Avoda Zara, pgs 22-24. Studied on the 18th of Elul, the yahrtzeit of Maharal (1520-1609)

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    1. Title: Could Rambam have erred?
      Author: Arnold Wolf ,

      Rabbi TzviAs an Orthodox Jew, the fact that Sages, prophets, and Rabbinim have determined Hashem’s Torah's commandment forbidding eating meat and milk together 6 hours time appears inconsistent with Genesis 18:7-8. Is there any statement in Genesis 18:7-8 in which milk and meat can be eaten if one waits six hours eating meat and later allowing milk?If Hashem did not want His people to eat milk and meat, why did He not give Moshe this in His Torah?If Torah Har Sinai was later than Abraham’s visit, why would the three strangers (Melachim) eat milk and meat with knowledge of the Creator’s Torah commandments?Several Torah texts state “not boil a kid in its mother’s milk.” There is no evidence of any Torah text referring to the command ‘not eat milk and meat together.’(1) Deuteronomy 14:21 ( 2) Exodus 34:26 (3) Exodus 23:19There are Torah texts in which Hashem commands us to avoid being cruel is ‘not cause any pain, beating, or torturing animals.’ This would be boiling or seething a kid in its mother’s milk with an analogy of causing extreme pain to the goat understanding the killing and cooking of its kid (g’di) in the mother’s presence? In none of these Torah texts are there mentions of boiling a kid (g'di) out of sight of the mother goat. (1)Devarim 22:6 (2) Numbers 22:32 (3) Proverbs: 12-10 (4) Devarim 25:4Maimonides stated in his Guide for the Perplexed. (CHAPTER XLVIII) ; “It is also prohibited to kill an animal with its young on the same day, in order that people should be restrained and prevented from killing the two together in such a manner that the young is killed in the sight of the mother, for the pain of the animals under such circumstances is very great.” Genesis 18:7-8וְאֶל־הַבָּקָ֖ר רָ֣ץ אַבְרָהָ֑ם וַיִּקַּ֨ח בֶּן־בָּקָ֜ר רַ֤ךְ וָטוֹב֙ וַיִּתֵּ֣ן אֶל־הַנַּ֔עַר וַיְמַהֵ֖ר לַעֲשׂ֥וֹת אֹתֽוֹ׃Then Abraham ran to the herd, took a calf, tender, and choice, and gave it to a servant-boy, who hastened to prepare it.וַיִּקַּ֨ח חֶמְאָ֜ה וְחָלָ֗ב וּבֶן־הַבָּקָר֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר עָשָׂ֔ה וַיִּתֵּ֖ן לִפְנֵיהֶ֑ם וְהֽוּא־עֹמֵ֧ד עֲלֵיהֶ֛ם תַּ֥חַת הָעֵ֖ץ וַיֹּאכֵֽלוּ׃He took curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared and set these before them; and he waited on them under the tree, as they ate.Does the possibility exist that Maimonides or other Sages made an error in their majority votes deciding G-d's meanings?

    2. Title: Could Rambam have erred?
      Author: Arnold Wolf ,

      Rabbi TzviAs an Orthodox Jew, the fact that Sages, prophets, and Rabbinim have determined Hashem’s Torah's commandment forbidding eating meat and milk together 6 hours time appears inconsistent with Genesis 18:7-8. Is there any statement in Genesis 18:7-8 in which milk and meat can be eaten if one waits six hours eating meat and later allowing milk?If Hashem did not want His people to eat milk and meat, why did He not give Moshe this in His Torah?If Torah Har Sinai was later than Abraham’s visit, why would the three strangers (Melachim) eat milk and meat with knowledge of the Creator’s Torah commandments?Several Torah texts state “not boil a kid in its mother’s milk.” There is no evidence of any Torah text referring to the command ‘not eat milk and meat together.’(1) Deuteronomy 14:21 ( 2) Exodus 34:26 (3) Exodus 23:19There are Torah texts in which Hashem commands us to avoid being cruel is ‘not cause any pain, beating, or torturing animals.’ This would be boiling or seething a kid in its mother’s milk with an analogy of causing extreme pain to the goat understanding the killing and cooking of its kid (g’di) in the mother’s presence? In none of these Torah texts are there mentions of boiling a kid (g'di) out of sight of the mother goat. (1)Devarim 22:6 (2) Numbers 22:32 (3) Proverbs: 12-10 (4) Devarim 25:4Maimonides stated in his Guide for the Perplexed. (CHAPTER XLVIII) ; “It is also prohibited to kill an animal with its young on the same day, in order that people should be restrained and prevented from killing the two together in such a manner that the young is killed in the sight of the mother, for the pain of the animals under such circumstances is very great.” Genesis 18:7-8וְאֶל־הַבָּקָ֖ר רָ֣ץ אַבְרָהָ֑ם וַיִּקַּ֨ח בֶּן־בָּקָ֜ר רַ֤ךְ וָטוֹב֙ וַיִּתֵּ֣ן אֶל־הַנַּ֔עַר וַיְמַהֵ֖ר לַעֲשׂ֥וֹת אֹתֽוֹ׃Then Abraham ran to the herd, took a calf, tender, and choice, and gave it to a servant-boy, who hastened to prepare it.וַיִּקַּ֨ח חֶמְאָ֜ה וְחָלָ֗ב וּבֶן־הַבָּקָר֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר עָשָׂ֔ה וַיִּתֵּ֖ן לִפְנֵיהֶ֑ם וְהֽוּא־עֹמֵ֧ד עֲלֵיהֶ֛ם תַּ֥חַת הָעֵ֖ץ וַיֹּאכֵֽלוּ׃He took curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared and set these before them; and he waited on them under the tree, as they ate.Does the possibility exist that Maimonides or other Sages made an error in their majority votes deciding G-d's meanings?

    3. Title: In Isaiah 10:20-23, who are the remnant
      Author: Arnold Wolf ,

      Shalom RabbiIn Isaiah 10:20-23, who are referred to as the remnant of Israel and the escaped of the House of Jacob referenced by Hashem? Are the remnant referenced to as only some of the Jewish people? Why would Hashem not want all of the Jewish people to return to His Torah and Eretz Yisroel? Had the majority of the Hebrew people done something evil or contrary to Hashem and His Torah? Thanks for reply

    4. Title: In Isaiah 10:20-23, who are the remnant
      Author: Arnold Wolf ,

      Shalom RabbiIn Isaiah 10:20-23, who are referred to as the remnant of Israel and the escaped of the House of Jacob referenced by Hashem? Are the remnant referenced to as only some of the Jewish people? Why would Hashem not want all of the Jewish people to return to His Torah and Eretz Yisroel? Had the majority of the Hebrew people done something evil or contrary to Hashem and His Torah? Thanks for reply

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