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“I Believe With Perfect Faith” Take Two

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“Ani ma’amin b’emunah shleimah beviat haMashiach, v’af al pi sheyitmameiha, im kol zeh achakeh lo b’chol yom sheyavo.”

“I believe with perfect faith in the coming of the Messiah, and though he may tarry, nevertheless I await his coming every day.”


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The above quote is one of the 13 principles of faith of Judaism as written up by Maimonides. What are these 13 principles?

  1. I believe with perfect faith that the Creator, Blessed be His Name, is the Creator and Guide of everything that has been created; He alone has made, does make, and will make all things.
  2. I believe with perfect faith that the Creator, Blessed be His Name, is One, and that there is no unity in any manner like His, and that He alone is our God, who was, and is, and will be.
  3. I believe with perfect faith that the Creator, Blessed be His Name, has no body, and that He is free from all the properties of matter, and that there can be no (physical) comparison to Him whatsoever.
  4. I believe with perfect faith that the Creator, Blessed be His Name, is the first and the last.
  5. I believe with perfect faith that to the Creator, Blessed be His Name, and to Him alone, it is right to pray, and that it is not right to pray to any being besides Him.
  6. I believe with perfect faith that all the words of the prophets are true.
  7. I believe with perfect faith that the prophecy of Moses our teacher, peace be upon him, was true, and that he was the chief of the prophets, both those who preceded him and those who followed him.
  8. I believe with perfect faith that the entire Torah that is now in our possession is the same that was given to Moses our teacher, peace be upon him.
  9. I believe with perfect faith that this Torah will not be exchanged, and that there will never be any other Torah from the Creator, Blessed be His Name.
  10. I believe with perfect faith that the Creator, Blessed be His Name, knows all the deeds of human beings and all their thoughts, as it is written, “Who fashioned the hearts of them all, Who comprehends all their actions” (Psalms 33:15).
  11. I believe with perfect faith that the Creator, Blessed be His Name, rewards those who keep His commandments and punishes those that transgress them.
  12. I believe with perfect faith in the coming of the Messiah; and even though he may tarry, nonetheless, I wait every day for his coming.
  13. I believe with perfect faith that there will be a revival of the dead at the time when it shall please the Creator, Blessed be His name, and His mention shall be exalted for ever and ever.

I would love to believe all that. Just like I would have loved to believe that G-d sent his only begotten son, to save my awful, sinful, 6-year-old soul. But… I can’t. I try, I am trying… I am resorting to the fake it till I make it approach: I recite the 13 principles every day. I recite my prayers and really really try to pray beryond that. It’s just hard when you know that there is no one there to listen to you.

This time of the year is always the most intensive period of yearning for faith. Maybe one day I’ll be able to believe in something… be it god, Santa, or aliens. I just want faith.

Wordle: 13 Principes

4 Responses to ““I Believe With Perfect Faith” Take Two”

  1. Ciska says:

    You’re not alone. “God give me faith” is a prayer I’ve prayed many times and I do believe we’re not the only ones.
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    • Hevel @KosherKola says:

      That’s a prayer I’ve been praying all my life… maybe… one day.

      I need to send you an email! I want in on your secret posts!

  2. doesitevenmatter3 says:

    Good post. I needed to read this.
    I, too, struggle with faith. Not only faith in God. But faith in humans.
    For personal reasons, I believe there is a God. But I struggle with so many questions.
    Please know you are not alone in your prayers and struggles. I am right there, too.
    HUGS!!!

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