Thirteen Articles of Faith


Thirteen Articles of Faith
or Thirteen Principles of Faith

Summary of the basic tenets of Judaism.

It was formulated by Moses Maimonides in his commentary on the Mishna, in an effort to put forth true concepts of God and faith as a tool in avoiding error. Though presented as dogma, his statement was a personal concept and has been much debated and revised. The articles state various doctrines concerning the nature of God, the law, and Moses, and they affirm that the messiah is coming and that the dead will rise. All versions include the hymn "Yigdal," which is part of most Jewish prayer services.

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also called  Thirteen Principles 

      a summary of the basic tenets of Judaism as perceived by the 12th-century Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides (Maimonides, Moses). They first appeared in his commentary on the Mishna, Kitāb al-Sirāj, as an elaboration on the section Sanhedrin 10, which sets forth the reasons why a Jew would be denied resurrection. Maimonides' formulation was an attempt to put forth true concepts of God and faith as a tool in avoiding error. His statement, although presented by him as a form of dogma, was a personal concept and has been much debated and revised. The numerous versions of the Articles of Faith include the hymn Yigdal, written about 1300 and adopted into most prayer services.

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