Taamei HaMitzvos 02

Rational basis of the Mitzvos

This shiur continues with section III; chapter 25 in Moreh Nevuchim.

Here is a one sentence summary of the main points of the shiur from Rabbi Triebitz:

The main point that the Rambam is saying is that our belief of creation ex nihilo is not a contradiction to the idea that G-d created the world based upon a rational basis and because of that we necessarily have to understand that every act of creation has a rationale behind it – if not we make G-d into a grand cosmic idiot. In consequence we have laid the foundations for understanding that the mitzvot also have a rational basis and this is the true expression and the revelation of Toras Moshe Rabbeinu, which will be explained in detail in the remainder of Moreh Nevuchim.

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