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by Rabbi Eli Brackman

Maimonides on the Irrevocability of a Positive Prophecy according to the Oxford Manuscript of the Mishneh Torah

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Summary: The authentic Oxford manuscript of Maimonides' Mishneh Torah omits a section suggesting that positive prophecy is revocable. With a lengthy discussion on the nature and reliability of positive prophecy in Jewish thought, the essay explains why this omission is in fact correct.

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One of the names of the night of the Exodus is Leil Shimurim,[1] the night of the watch. This represents the night that G-d guarded Israel and saved the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Another interpretation is that G-d anticipated and waited longingly for that night when the Exodus would take place to be assured that the promise he had made to the Jewish people that they would be slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt but… Read More »

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