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You must accept the truth from whatever source it comes.
— Maimonides


The purpose of the laws of the Torah ... is to bring mercy, loving-kindness and peace upon the world.


Astrology is a sickness, not a science. It is a tree under the shade of which all sorts of superstitions thrive.
— Maimonides


We are obligated to be more scrupulous in fulfilling the commandment of charity than any other positive commandment because charity is the sign of a righteous man.


Eight grades of charity.
1. To give reluctantly.
2. To give cheerfully, but not adequately.
3. To give cheerfully and adequately, but only after being asked.
4. To give cheerfully, adequately, and of your own free will, but to put it in the recipient's hand in such a way as to make him feel lesser.
5. To let the recipient know who the donor is, but not the reverse.
6. To know who is receiving your charity but to remain anonymous to him.
7. To have neither the donor nor the recipient be aware of the other's identity.
8. To dispense with charity altogether, by enabling your fellow humans to have the wherewithal to earn their own living.
— Maimonides