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Toda raba!-Dixie Yid
Dixie Yid is, of course, blinded to the Rambam's own words by his faith in the common folk-religion that is based on Kabbalah.The Rambam didn't have what we call today Kabbalah as part of his worldview; in fact, his worldview is explicitly anti-Kabbalistic.
thanbo-all I can say is that the grreatest Rabbis of the last few Hundres years accepted kabala. A few names, Gra, Chida, Rav Yosef Karo, Chofetz Chaim. You are being pathetic by calling it folk when the greatest tzadikim were involved. You must be a real saint.
If you want to argue what the Rambam meant, that is fine. I am not going to argue the point. DY is doing that already. But, to go call what a large segment of Jews, who were Yirei Shomayim with huge amounts of tzadikim, "folk religion" sounds kind of adolescent. Chances are that most of our grandparents that lived in Europe followed what you call folk religion.
The Vilna Gaon in yorah deah siman 179;13 seems to argue sharply for kabbalah. Also many chassidic rebbes called the Rambam a ``kadosh`` and it is well known that they assumed ``kedusha`` as defined by the kabbalistic texts.
I SHARPLY disagree with thanbo. The mekubalim have already answered his question, see Otzros Chaim with the Haaros of Rav Dwek[second haarah in the sefer].
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