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The Fourteenth Principle

Simply, for Rambam the number 14 (2x7) was his favored organizing principle.

Being Held Accountable

By any standards it was a shocking episode. Jacob had settled on the outskirts of the town of Shechem, ruled by Hamor. Dinah, Jacob’s daughter, goes out to see the town. Shechem, Hamor’s son, sees her, abducts and rapes her, and then falls in love with her and wants to marry her. He begs his father, “Get me this girl as my wife.”

Title: Crown of Aleppo: The Mystery of the Oldest Hebrew Bible Codex

The Jewish people are known as the "people of the book," and over the centuries it has sacrificed much not only to live by that book, the Torah, but to maintain the integrity of its text as well.

A New Denial Of Traditional Judaism

For thousands of years of Jewish history there wasn't a unique nomenclature classifying Torah-deviant Jews. Denominations like Conservative, Reform and Orthodox were non-existent. One was either more observant, less observant, or, in highly atypical cases, nonobservant.

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