Thirteen Principles of Faith
שלש עשרה עקרי האמונה
In his commentary on the Mishneh (Sanhedrin, Chap. 10), Maimonides formulates his "Thirteen Principles of Faith"- שלש עשרה עקרי האמונה. They summarized what he viewed as the required beliefs of Judaism:
- The existence of G-d.
- G-d's unity and indivisibility.
- G-d's spirituality and non-corporeality.
- G-d's eternity.
- To G-d alone should a Jew pray.
- Revelation is through G-d's Prophets.
- The pre-eminence of Moses among the Prophets of Israel.
- The Torah that we have today is the one dictated to Moses by G-d.
- The Torah given by Moses will not be replaced and that nothing may be added or removed from it.
- God's awareness of human actions.
- G-d rewards good and punishes evil.
- The Coming of the Mashiach.
- The Resurrection of the Dead at the End of Days.
The Twelfth Principle of Faith is the most well known among Jews. It states:
I Believe with a Full Heart
אֲנִי מַאֲמִין בֶּאֱמוּנָה שְׁלֵמָה
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In the Coming of the Mashaich, and Even though he may Tarry I will Still Wait for Him-
בְּבִיאַת הַמָּשִׁיחַ וְאַף עַל פִּי שֶׁיִּתְמַהְמֵהַּ עִם כָּל זֶה אֲחַכֶּה לּוֹ בְּכָל יוֹם