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"Hear O' Israel, HaShem is our G-d, HaShem alone"

The 13 Principles of Faith

The Complete ArtScroll Siddur, pp178-181, comments in parenthases are mine


These principles are the beliefs of observant Jews through-out the ages, and were summarized by Rabbi Moses ben Maimon (AKA Maimoniedes or Rambam).

1) I believe with complete (perfect) faith that the Creator, Blessed is His Name, creates and guides all creatures, and that He alone made, makes, and will make everything.

2) I believe with complete faith that the Creator, Blessed is His Name, is unique, and there is no uniqueness like His in any way, and that He alone is our G-d, Who was, Who is, and Who always will be.

3) I believe with complete faith that the Creator, Blessed is His Name is not physical and is not affected by physical phenomena, and that there is no comparison whatsoever to Him. (ie There is nothing what so ever to be compared to Him.)

4) I believe with complete faith that the Creator, Blessed is His Name, is the very first and the very last (G-d is eternal.)

5) I believe with complete faith that the Creator, Blessed is His Name--to Him alone is it proper to pray and it is not proper to pray to any other (Only G-d is to be worshiped and obeyed. There are no mediating powers able freely to grant man's petitions, and intermediaries must not be invoked.)

6) I believe with complete faith that the words of the prophects are true.

7) I believe with complete faith that the prophecy of Moses our teacher, peace be upon him, was true, and that he was the father of the prophts--both those that preceded him and those who followed him. (Moses is unsurpassed by any other prophet.)

8) I believe with complete faith that the entire Torah now in our hands is the same one that was given to Moses, our teacher, peace be upon him.

9) I believe with complete faith that this Torah will not be exchanged nor will there be another Torah from the Creator, Blessed is His Name.

10) I believe with complete faith that the Creator, Blessed is His Name, knows all the deeds of human beings and their thoughts, as it is said, 'He fashions their hearts all together, He comprehends all their deeds' (Psalm 33:15)

11) I believe with complete faith that the Creator, Blessed is His Name, rewards with good those who observe His commandments, and punishes thos who violate His commandments.

12) I believe with complete faith in the coming of the Messiah, and even though he may delay, nevertheless I anticipate every day that he will come. (of course, the Jewish view of the Messiah and the messianic era are not the same as those of the Christain faiths).

13) I believe with complete faith that there will be a resuscitation of the deat whenever the wish emanates from the Creator, Blessed is His Name and exalted is His mention, forever and for all eternity.


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