Concerning the Platonic view, Maimonides states that it is, for the most part, compatible with the Law but since it also has not been demonstrated to be true, it is not necessary to accept it. In the end, then, the belief in eternity is a threat for Maimonides. This becomes clearer when we read his somewhat soothing reason for why the Mosaic version is preferable: "Know that with a belief in the creation of the world in time, all the miracles become possible and the Law becomes possible, and all questions that may be asked on this subject, vanish."39 For Maimonides, creation ex nihilo is an integral part of the faith it is ha-yesod- ha-gadol, the great principle, of the Torah that sustains the uniqueness of creation and the glory of God.
Amarnath Amarasingam is a graduate student in the Department of Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.