Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Is the Rambam Always the Consummate Rationalist?

The Rambam is widely perceived as an Aristotelian Rationalist.

And yet, in his Sefer Hamtzvot - Lav 287 re: the testimony of relatives - the Rambam states:

"Even if a Father were to testify against his son, we do not accept it. It is a G'zeirat Hakkatuv "she'ein Lah Ta'am K'lal"

So even for the Rambam, not every case or Mitzvah has a rational explanation, nor can it be "rationalized".

Kol Tuv,

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