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12 Elul – Birth of Nachmanides (1294)


Ramban Synagogue and Igeret Haramban (the letter from the Ramban to his son)

From Wikipedia

Nahmanides [Nah-man-nid-ez] (רבי משה בן נחמן), also known as Rabbi Moses ben Naḥman Girondi, Bonastruc ça (de) Porta and by his acronym Ramban (/rɑːmˈbɑːn/;1194–1270), was a leading medieval Jewish scholar, Spanish Sephardic rabbi, philosopher,physician, kabbalist, and biblical commentator. He was raised, studied, and lived for most of his life in Girona, Catalonia, Spain
“Nahmanides” is a Greek-influenced formation meaning “son of Naḥman”. He is also commonly known by his Hebrew acronym, “רמב״ן” (RaMBaN, for Rabbi Moshe ben Naḥman). His Catalan name was Bonastruc ça Porta, (also written Saporta, de Porta).
The Ramban was born in Girona in 1194, where he grew up and studied (hence his name “Girondi”), and died in the Land of Israel about 1270.[1] He was the grandson of Isaac ben Reuben of Barcelona and cousin of Jonah Gerondi (the Rabbeinu Yonah); possibly his brother was Benveniste de Porta, the bailie of Barcelona.[clarification needed] Among his teachers in Talmud were Judah ben Yakkar and Meïr ben Nathan of Trinquetaille, and he is said to have been instructed in Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) by his countryman Azriel of Gerona,[2] who was in turn a disciple of Isaac the Blind. foto wikipedia read more…


Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life, times and legacy of the great Jewish medieval philsopher, Maimonides. Also known as Rambam, Maimonides was a philosopher, theologian, lawyer and physician whose works are still influential today. Melvyn is joined by Sir Anthony Kenny, philosopher and former Master of Balliol College, Oxford; Anne Hudson, Emeritus Professor of Medieval English at the University of Oxford; and Rob Lutton, Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Nottingham.

Moses Maimonides: The Life of the Mind Jewish Biography as History Dr. Henry Abramson

Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (1135-1204) was a towering figure in medieval Jewish history, and continues to cast a long shadow into the Jewish present. Nevertheless, the work of the philosopher-physician endured significant controversy, including an especially sad episode in which Jews actually consigned his works to the flames. Lecture delivered at Young Israel of Bal Harbour-Surfside.

Maimonides (Rambam), Spinoza, and Reason by Rabbi Marc Angel

Rambam and the Philosophers: What Reason Can and Cannot Attain
by Rabbi Marc D. Angel

Rambam and his book Guide for the Perplexed Rabbi Berel Wein MOST INGENIOUS

Rambam / Maimonides 13 Principles of Jewish Faith (Ani Maamin) 1 of 50. R’ Moshe Taub.m4v

Given in the Young Israel of Buffalo,this is part of an introduction to a year long in depth series of the fundamentals of Jewish Faith as formulated by Rambam by the Rabbi of the synagogue, Rabbi Moshe Taub. He can be reached at

Rambam on Medicine

Ramabas directives on health!

Chabad’s First Siyyum – The Rebbe Speaks on the Rambam (Maimonides) Campaign

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One should search for ways to bring another Jew to the study of Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah. One way is to celebrate the conclusion of Mishneh Torah, which includes in it all the laws of the Oral Torah. If you cause a tumult that there will be a celebration tomorrow, or the next day, those who don’t know what it is will start to ask: “What is the excitement?” What is it all about?” And most importantly they will ask: “What does this mean for me?”

To serve as an everlasting memento of the event, each celebration should have someone deliver a novel insight explaining a passage of Mishneh Torah. They should discuss a subject that is fitting for publication, to be distributed amongst those who take part in the celebration. Then each one can bring the memento home and show his wife and children that he was at this celebration and this was discussed, and he can ask his son, daughter or wife for their thoughts on the subject as well.

Moshe Halbertal: “Maimonides: Life and Thought” Book Launch

Moshe Halbertal, Gruss Professor of Law at NYU School of Law, and Noah Feldman, Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School, discuss Halbertal’s new book, “Maimonides: Life and Thought.”

Maimonides was published by Princeton University Press on Thursday, November 21, 2013. This conversation took place on the release day.

About the book (via Princeton U. Press):

Maimonides was the greatest Jewish philosopher and legal scholar of the medieval period, a towering figure who has had a profound and lasting influence on Jewish law, philosophy, and religious consciousness. This book provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to his life and work, revealing how his philosophical sensibility and outlook informed his interpretation of Jewish tradition.

Moshe Halbertal vividly describes Maimonides’s childhood in Muslim Spain, his family’s flight to North Africa to escape persecution, and their eventual resettling in Egypt. He draws on Maimonides’s letters and the testimonies of his contemporaries, both Muslims and Jews, to offer new insights into his personality and the circumstances that shaped his thinking. Halbertal then turns to Maimonides’s legal and philosophical work, analyzing his three great books–Commentary on the Mishnah, the Mishneh Torah, and the Guide of the Perplexed. He discusses Maimonides’s battle against all attempts to personify God, his conviction that God’s presence in the world is mediated through the natural order rather than through miracles, and his locating of philosophy and science at the summit of the religious life of Torah. Halbertal examines Maimonides’s philosophical positions on fundamental questions such as the nature and limits of religious language, creation and nature, prophecy, providence, the problem of evil, and the meaning of the commandments.

A stunning achievement, Maimonides offers an unparalleled look at the life and thought of this important Jewish philosopher, scholar, and theologian

ANI MA’AMIN ( I believe ) – Israel Dance.

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