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Judaism

Religious Beliefs

What are the Thirteen Articles of Faith traditionally attributed to Maimonides?

  1. I believe with unwavering faith that the Creator, Blessed be His Name, is the Creator and Guide of everything that has been created; He alone has made, makes, and will make all things.
  2. I believe with unwavering 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 unwavering faith that the Creator, Blessed be His Name, has no body, 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 unwavering faith that the Creator, Blessed be His Name, is the first and the last.
  5. I believe with unwavering 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 unwavering faith that all the words of the prophets are true.
  7. I believe with unwavering 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 unwavering 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 unwavering 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 unwavering 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 unwavering faith that the Creator, Blessed be His Name, rewards those who keep His commandments and punishes those that transgress them.
  12. I believe with unwavering 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 unwavering 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.


Statue of the great medieval Iberian rabbi Moses Mai-monides (1135-1204) in the old Jewish quarter of his home town, Cordoba, Spain.

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