Monthly Archives: September 2008

Negative Theology 4

Moshe’s Two Requests
Theology and Science

Rambam and Rabbi Triebitz analyze chapter 33 of Shemos.

Section I Chapter 54

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History & Development of Talmud 3

History & Development of Talmud shiur 3
Creating Mesorah

Rabbi Triebitz cites the opinion of the Doros Harishonim as to when the ‘stam’ of the gemara was written. Doros Harishonim holds that there was a proto talmud already from the time of Abaye and Rava (and possibly even from the time of Rav and Shmuel). One of his ‘proofs’ for this is the Talmud in Shabbat 9b.

Rabbi Triebitz goes through this page of Talmud and shows that many Rishonim learn exactly the opposite of the Doros Harishonim, and that the whole basis for what he says has shaky foundations.


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What Can’t be said about G-d

Section I Chapter 52

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History & Development of Talmud 2

History & Development of Talmud shiur 2

In this second shiur Rabbi Triebitz studies the Talmud and commentaries for evidence as to when it was compiled. He finds a fundamental argument between the Rashbam and Ramban on one hand, and Rabbeinu Tam (and everyone else) on the other, as to whether the Talmud is a historical record of chronological responses to questions, or whether the statements in the Talmud were compiled later by an anonymous author who made it appear that they were responding to each other. This difference of opinion also leads to an argument about whether Gaonim or Savoraim speak in the Talmud.


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Negative Theology 2

This is the second in the series of shiurim on Rambam’s concept of Negative Theology. In this shiur he compares Rambam’s concept of negative theology to Wittgenstein and logical positivism.

Proving the Obvious: Denying the Attributes of G-d

Section I Chapter 51

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Rabbi Triebitz quotes from a book called Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Godel by Rebecca Goldstein.

Reshimu 2

RESHIMU 2
The Journal of the Hashkafa Circle

The latest edition of Reshimu is available online. You can download the whole journal, or specific articles. You can also purchase it in book form from lulu.com.

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Reshimu 2

Reshimu 2

Reshimu 2 (whole journal)

Introduction
Rabbi David Sedley

History of Jewish Philosophy – the Modern Era
Rabbi Meir Triebitz

The Timeless Message of Moreh Nevuchim
Rabbi Moshe Becker

The Emergence of the Mishna and Tosefta
Rabbi Meir Triebitz

The History of Creation Ex-nihilo Within Jewish Thought
Rabbi Rafael Salber

Aggada in Jewish Thought: Changing Paradigm
Rabbi David Sedley

The Guide To The Perplexed on Creation
Rabbi Meir Triebitz
Introduction

Section II Chapter 13

History & Development of Talmud 1

History & Development of Talmud shiur 1

This is the first shiur in the series of the History and Development of the Talmud. Rabbi Triebitz discusses the ‘chasimas hashas’ – the final compilation of the Talmud. The Talmud says that Ravina and Rav Ashi were the ‘end of instruction’ which is understood by many to mean that they compiled the Talmud. Yet there are statements in the Talmud of later generations. And according to Rav Sherira Gaon the Talmud was not written until many generations later.


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Negative Theology 1

This is the first in the series of shiurim on Rambam’s concept of Negative Theology.

Definition of Faith

Section I Chapter 50

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Source Material:
Here is the article by Wolfson that Rabbi Triebitz quotes from extensively.
Extradeical and Intradeical Interpretations of Platonic Ideas