Taamei HaMitzvos 03

General and Details, Reasons and Random

This shiur is on section III; chapter 26 in Moreh Nevuchim.

Rambam explains a statement of Chazal which appears to contradict his principle that there are reasons for the mitzvot. He resolves this by explaining that although the general principle of the mitzvot are rational, the details are arbitrary and without reason.

Rabbi Triebitz explains this dichotomy with reference to Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle and quantum mechanics. But don’t worry if you don’t understand the physics, everything is explained in the end.

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