"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21

Rabbi Moshe Ben-Chaim

One True Religion …

June 22, 2013

  Moshe Ben-Chaim The eighth of Maimonides’ 13 Principles of Judaism is that the entire Torah is God’s word. As God knows all, His will that Torah remains unchanged throughout every generation teaches that the Torah’s ideas are eternally true; they are applicable to all generations. History does not recount God giving a religion to […]

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Mysticism & Judaism …

January 23, 2013

Moshe Ben-Chaim Introduction The pursuit of truth demands that we abandon any belief when it is exposed to be false, i.e., rejected by reality. However, many people are emotionally driven and continue to believe notions devoid of reason, or notions without evidence. Such people also gauge their activities based on horoscopes or superstitions. Why do […]

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“One” God – Gentile or Jew …

July 21, 2012

Moshe Ben-Chaim  I am now in regular contact with someone who has brought to my attention her ongoing debate on a Jewish message boards regarding the unity of God. This principle, that God is one, is the truth most vital to our existence, and the truth responsible for all knowledge. For when we err, we […]

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Maimonides – Christianity and the True Messiah …

July 20, 2012

Moshe Ben-Chaim   Reader: Dear Mesora, I have now accessed the text I mentioned by Maimonides: Laws of Kings, Laws 11:10-12 (Capach Edition): “[10] …Can there be a greater stumbling block than this (Christianity)? That all the prophets spoke that the Messiah will redeem Israel and save them, and gather their dispersed and strengthen their Mitzvot, and […]

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No Politics when Learning Torah – Ibn Ezra on ‘Magic’

April 9, 2012

Moshe Ben-Chaim Some Jews have the idea that the Torah prohibited magic because it is true. They believe 100% that magic and fortune telling works. The Ibn Ezra (Leviticus, 19:31) says the following, “Those with empty brains say ‘were it not that fortune tellers and magicians were true, the Torah would not prohibit them.’ But […]

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Why These Ten Plagues?

April 6, 2012

Moshe Ben-Chaim   The purpose of the Ten Plagues was not to destroy Egypt, but to offer the primary lesson to that idolatrous culture: “The God of creation and of Abraham is the only God…and Egyptian deities are imaginations.” God desires the good for all mankind. Although God knew that Pharaoh would remain obstinate, God […]

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Torah Adherence: An Option?

April 6, 2012

Moshe Ben-Chaim Do we have a choice to follow Torah? Of course, all individuals possess free will. What I ask here is something different: did God present to man the Torah lifestyle as an option, or as an inescapable obligation? Reviewing history, Adam and all Noahides were not given their commands by choice. Adam was […]

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