What are the thirteen principles of Faith? Who wrote them?

They start with the words "Ani Maamin B'Emunah Shlemah . . . ."

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The 13 Principles of Faith were compiled by the Rambam (Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, or Maimonides, 1135-1204 C.E.)

    They can be found at this website.


    Not all Jews believe in them as they are Rabbinical in nature.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Jerome K. Jerome.

  • 1 decade ago

    It's Jewish. Maimonides wrote them.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Maimonides wrote his Thirteen Principles of faith

    Principle 1

    God exists; God is perfect in every way, eternal, and the cause of all that exists. All other beings depend upon God for their existence.


    Some medieval authorities believed that God created the world from eternal matter (see Principle 4). Thus, according to these scholars, it would not be true to say that God is the cause of all that exists.

    Principle 2

    God has absolute and unparalleled unity.

    Principle 3

    God is incorporeal--without a body.


    In the Mishneh Torah, Maimonides asserts that anyone who believes that God is corporeal is a heretic. In reference to this, Abraham ben David Posquieres (also known as Rabad) comments that people greater than Maimonides have believed that God has a physical form. Rabad himself does not subscribe to this view, but objects to the claim that those who do are heretics.

    In addition, Moses ben Hasdai Taku, a tosafist (medieval commentator on the Talmud), believed that God could take a physical form. Finally, Samuel David Luzzatto, a 19th-century scholar, defended the idea that God has a body, claiming that an embodied God was the only God conceivable to most people.

    Ironically, Maimonides himself seemed to share this view. In the Guide of the Perplexed (I, 46) he writes: "For the multitude perceive nothing other than bodies as having a firmly established existence and as being indubitably true."

    Principle 4

    God existed prior to all else. (In a later version of the Thirteen Principles, Maimonides included the notion that God created the world from nothing [creation ex nihilo].)


    In his commentary to Genesis 1:1, Abraham Ibn Ezra suggests that the word bara (created) implies cutting or setting a boundary. Scholars such as Joseph Tov Elem and David Arama understood this to mean that Ibn Ezra believed that God sculpted the world from eternal matter. Gersonides also believed that the world was created from eternal matter.

    Principle 5

    God should be the only object of worship and praise. One should not appeal to intermediaries, but should pray directly to God.


    Some of the selihot prayers--prayers of repentance recited on fast days and during the High Holy Days--and the third paragraph of the Shalom Aleichem hymn, sung prior to the Shabbat kiddush, are directed to angels. In addition, one of the Geonim--the leaders of Babylonian Jewry from the 7th to 11th centuries--defended the use of angels to intercede with God (Ozar ha-Geonim, Shabbat 4-6). He added that angels could sometimes fulfill the petitions of a prayer without consulting God.

    Jacob Emden (1697-1776) is among some of the others who have approved of petitioning angels to intercede on ones behalf. Nissim Gerondi (Ran) maintained that there is one specific angel whom one may pray to.

    Principle 6

    Prophets and prophecy exist.

    Principle 7

    Moses was the greatest prophet who ever lived. No prophet who lived or will live could comprehend God more than Moses.


    Nahmanides and Gersonides believed that the Messiah would gain more knowledge of God than Moses. Shneur Zalman of Lyady (1745-1813), the first Lubavitcher Rebbe, in his Likutei Amarim, notes that Moses' prophetic abilities weren't as great as those of Isaac Luria, the renowned medieval kabbalist.

    Principle 8

    The Torah is from heaven. The Torah we have today is the Torah that God gave to Moses at Sinai.


    This principle assumes that there is and has always been one text of the Torah and that the Masoretic text--the text established by ben Asher in 930 CE--is this text.


    The Talmud (Baba Batra 14b-15a; Makot 11a) relates that Joshua wrote the last 8 verses of the Torah. Abraham Ibn Ezra believed that Joshua wrote the last 12 verses. The Midrash Tanhuma, a rabbinc text, cites cases of tikkun soferim, instances where the scribes of the Great Assembly (the leaders of the Jews during the Persian exile) emended the Bible--including the Torah.

    Menahem ben Solomon ha-Meiri mentions the "Masoretic works" instead of a singular "Masoretic text."

    Solomon ben Aderet (Rashba) discussed when we should change our Torah to accord with the Talmud's version (which differs from the Masoretic text). Aryeh Loeb Guenzberg (18th century) opined that the commandment that every Jew write a Torah scroll no longer applies because of our doubts about how certain words are to be written. Similarly, Moses Sofer (1762-1839) believed that there's no need to say a blessing before writing a Torah because, perhaps, the Talmud's version is correct and the Torah being written is invalid.

    Principle 9

    The Torah will never be abrogated, nothing will be added to it or subtracted from it; God will never give another Law.


    Joseph Albo suggested that, in theory, if a prophet came whose mission could be verified in the same way Moses' could, then commandments--except for the Ten Commandments--could be abolished.

    Principle 10

    God knows the actions of humans and is not neglectful of them.


    According to Ibn Ezra, "The Whole [God] knows the individual in a general manner rather than in a detailed manner." Some interpreted this to mean that God knows the general actions of humans, but not the particular details. Gersonides developed this idea fully: God knows universals, but not particulars.

    Principle 11

    God rewards those who obey the commands of the Torah and punishes those who violate its prohibitions.

    Principle 12

    The days of the Messiah will come.


    The talmudic Rabbi Hillel (not to be confused with the earlier Hillel) stated that: "There shall be no Messiah for Israel, because they have already enjoyed him in the days of Hezekiah (Sanhedrin 99a)."

    Principle 13

    The dead will be resurrected.


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  • 1 decade ago

    Well I guess that explains why I never heard of them.

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