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Earlier someone sent this link in a posting <http://plato.stanford.

edu/entries/maimonides-islamic/> which I thought was telling in that he thought I defined RAMBAM as a terrorist since I said those who provide material or moral support to terrorists or who do not publicly renounce Islam are terrorists and he thought that included non muslims. I pointed out that one cannot renounce something one is not a part of but the guy just wanted to argue and promote islamic thought. ANYWAYS, I wanted to point out from this article that the idea of a "negative theology" imposing limitation by predication on HaShem is just as senseless as trying to define and explain HaShem since by definition, HaShem is without limit and one cannot "define" HaShem so the article should have stopped with the paragraph which ended here: "Maimonides' strong negative theology (about which we will say more below): since God is utterly and absolutely unified, He is a subject about whom we can predicate nothing (since, after-all, predication implies of a subject that he is one thing or another, thus suggesting some limitation). As such, God, as subject, transcends the normal parameters of language and conceptualization." As the Kabbalists say: "Before One, What do you Count?" and the Mitnagdim, "What was before B'rashith, one is prohibited from studying!" For those who say Maimonides was influenced by Islam, I think they merely wish to promote Islam as superior to Judaism while overlooking the fact that Rambam never renounced Judaism and contributed more to Islamic thought than visa-versa! a simple reading of Dalalt al-Hairin (Guide for the Preplexed) will prove that. but really, can one explain HaShem or Creation? Even the best of minds cannot agree nor completely explain the un-explainable, limitless and unfathomable idea of a Creator Who preceded IT'S Creation, and the Creation which appears limitless, and unbounded in time and space........ The Torah, including B'rashith (Genesis) is a kind of short-hand written to aid the Oral Torah as it is handed down from Generation to Generation.......... what we can say about HaShem (GOD) is G-D is neither Male or Female, nor a perfect hermaphrodite, that is, is not created nor creation, neither physical nor non-physical, but HaShem is the prefect balance of both masculine and feminine personality, character and qualities, something no human being is, has been nor will ever be. with all that said, it is improper to refer to HaShem as "He" or "She" and the Shema (Devarim [Deuteronomy] 6.4) ends with the word "ECHAD" meaning [a continuing, perfect] unity [of opposites]; not "one" which is a different word. Echad is closely related to "Yichud" meaning the sexual union of a man and a woman, which in terms of Creator and creation must be understood in a metaphorical kabbalistic sense...... that is what is meant by Zechariah 14:9: "And the LORD shall be King over all the earth; in that day shall the LORD be One, and His name one." HaShem shall be the only reality! When a bride and bridegroom are on their marriage bed, are they thinking about anything other than the person they are "in love and united with?" Of course not, they only have one reality: EACH-OTHER! Anyways, I suppose I've said enough philosophic meanderings for one day........