Biblical Faith – with Shmuel “Sam” Peak
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Elements of Maharal’s Philosophy
The study of Maharal cultivates a deep, intense and immediate awareness of HaShem, as Maharal presents the systematic study of the principles and structure of existence as it flows from HaShem, to mankind and to all creation. Derech Chaim (Way of Life), and indeed all of Maharal’s works, will be better understood with the following explanations of Maharal’s principles. The Hebrew terms will be included as a reference vocabulary for those who wish to pursue Maharal’s writings in the original.
Maharal introduces the basic elements of an ontological system by comparing Creation to building a house. There are four elements in the construction of a house: a builder (po’eil); physical materials (chomer) such as bricks and mortar; the architect’s vision of what the house will look like (tzurah) and the purpose (tachilis) for which the house is built. The house would not be built if even one of these factors were absent.
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