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Studies in Maimonides

The Life, Work and Legacy of Rambam

A survey of the life, work and legacy of one of the most influential figures in Jewish history, Rabbi Moses Maimonides (1135–1204).

Biographical Sketch of the Rambam
Studies in Maimonides: Lesson 1
This seven-part series on the works of Maimonides begins with a brief overview of his life.
Literary Legacy
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Literary Legacy
Studies in Maimonides: Lesson 2
Maimonides' early writings, including his Commentary on the Mishnah and his Sefer HaMitzvot.
Background of Mishneh Torah
Studies in Maimonides: Lesson 3
A perspective for understanding the sheer magnitude of Maimonides' accomplishments in codifying the entire body of Jewish law.
Structure and Contents of Mishneh Torah
Studies in Maimonides: Lesson 4
A description of the style and format Maimonides chose for composing his magnum opus, the complete codex of Jewish law known as Mishneh Torah.
Guide for the Perplexed
Studies in Maimonides: Lesson 5
An overview of Maimonides' major theological treatise, its objectives, its structure and its historical context.
Maimonides as Rationalist
Studies in Maimonides: Lesson 6
A critical examination of Maimonides' famed idealization of reason and intellect as a theme throughout his works.
Maimonidean Controversy
Studies in Maimonides: Lesson 7
Maimonides' response to the contemporary criticism, and even fierce opposition, to his works.
The most renowned of the Jewish medieval scholars, Maimonides indelibly changed the face of Judaism. Read about his scholarship and achievements, and the modern-day global campaign to incorporate his teachings into every Jew’s daily study schedule.
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