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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 1 - The 248 Positive Commandments of the Tora

209 - HONORING SCHOLARS AND THE AGED


Leviticus 19:32 -- “You shall rise before the gray headed and honor the presence of an old man, and fear your God: I am the LORD.”
Numbers 26:9 -- “The sons of Eliab were Nemuel, Dathan, and Abiram. These are the Dathan and Abiram, representatives of the congregation, who contended against Moses and Aaron in the company of Korah, when they contended against the LORD”

Maimonides recognizes no religious bias or prejudice as ground for invalidating the facts and conclusions established by patient research throughout the ages. Thus, referring to a scientific discovery of certain natural phenomena, he writes: “Inasmuch as all these findings are based upon clear proof, in which there is no flaw, and which no one can question, we do not pay any attention to their source – whether they were the work of Hebrew prophets or of foreign nations. For wherever we are confronted with a finding for which a reason has been brought forward, and whose truth has been established by proofs in which there is no flaw, we rely upon the statement or teaching of whatsoever person it be that produced it; that is, we rely solely on the strength of the proof which has been brought forward or of the reason which has been established.”*

* Mishneh Torah, Zmanim, Hilchoth Kiddush Ha-Chodesh XVII, 24

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