Thursday, March 2, 2017

Maimonides on Teshuvah: The Ways of Repentance

Maimonides on Teshuvah: The Ways of Repentance by Henry Abramson.

Maimonides was a Jewish writer from the 11th century. He codified principles of the Jewish faith that are still used today. Teshuvah deals with repentance. This is about Maimonides views and my first read from Henry Abramson.

I stumbled on this work by accident. In a nutshell this is exploring one angle of Jewish & Judaism's perspectives on repentance. I'm sure there's many other views on this inside these circles. In this there's a process to repentance and how restoration is performed to a victim, depending on the harm and hurt caused.

I won't go into this too much, as you need to read the book to grasp what the author is conveying. Another topic of note this book trails into is freewill and spirituality. How much free will do humans have versus how much influence does a God have. That might sound like a familiar topic, and struggle that's often debated in other circles.

The book closes with the love of God isn't fully in the human heart until one becomes obsessed with God. All your heart, and all your mind. It's part of the Shema from Deuteronomy 6:4-6.

At the end of the book the author asked if his scholarship was up to a readers expectations. Yes, it was. Above and beyond!