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To Love and to Fear: For Shemini ʿAṣeret

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The sermon points out the link between love and fear and their tight connection such that accordingly mention of one includes the other. Maimonides speaks only of those who have inherited the Torah when he says that fear of [God's] excellence and sublimity will move one to act without straying from the precepts and without considering any of His past merciful deeds or His future punishments. Therefore, when man has the possibility of performing a positive precept, he should do it in order that the reward due from and designated to the performance of that precept will be not withheld. In order to indicate that it is suitable to join a good intention to a desired deed, [the statement] concludes: For God shall bring every work into the judgment concerning every hidden thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil.

Keywords: fear; love; Maimonides; Shemini ʿ Aṣeret; Torah



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