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EDITOR IS TAKING A BREAK….wellll, I WAS CONSIDERING CLOSING MY BLOG. ***BUT I am enraged from arutz sheva readers in their answers to my comments to their blogger and double enraged by the so called orthodox yeshiva taught VuzIzNeias online news service. This monday I’ll post the event for you. My comments to their talkbacks and their replies.It seems that my readers here are the most honest to HASHEM AND TORAH…..I guess I owe it to keep you guys informed of the evil and wicked. I WILL PICK UP B’H AFTER THIS WEEKEND…FRESH BLOOD !!!

December 21st, 2010 · No Comments


 Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon, known as the RaMBaM

Yesterday was the 20th of Tevet, the Yartzeit – day of passing – of the great Torah sage Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon, known as the RaMBaM (acronym for – Rabbeinu Moshe Ben Maimon) or Maimonides.
Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon was born in Cordoba, Spain, on Passover eve in the year 4895 (1135).  Rabbi Moshe’s father, Rabbi Maimon was a great scholar and Dayan (Judge) of the Jewish community. He taught his prodigious son Torah.
When Rabbi Moshe was thirteen years old, the Almohades, a Muslim sect, conquered Cordoba. They offered Jews a choice of converting to Islam, expulsion or death. 
Rabbi Moshe’s family fled Cordova.  They spent the next ten years wandering from city to city, as the conquering Almohadians swept all across Southern Spain.  Finally in 1160, they settled in Fez, Morocco.  During all of these troubled times, Rabbi Moshe continued his studies. After five years in Fez, the family again had to leave due to religious intolerance and persecution. They traveled to the land of Israel. However, the Jewish community in Israel was poor and oppressed. After a short while, the family decided to leave and travel to Egypt.
The family settled in Fostat, the Old City of Cairo. They had barely settled when tragedy struck. The head of the family, Rabbi Maimon, passed away.  Rabbi Moshe greatly mourned the loss of his beloved father and teacher. 
Tragedy struck again and Rabbi Moshe’s younger brother, Rabbi David, a dealer in precious stones, perished at sea while on a business trip to India.  Rabbi Moshe was shattered by this blow, and was bedridden for many months. It was his turn now to support the family. Not willing to earn a living from his Torah, he decided to practice medicine, which he had studied in Fez.
Rabbi Moshe began writing his famous commentary on the Mishna at the age of twenty three.  He continued writing while fleeing the Mohammedan prosecutions, and completed it seven years later in Fostad, Egypt.  Rabbi Moshe writes about the conditions under which he wrote his monumental work; “I was working on this commentary under the most difficult conditions as we were driven from place to place, while traveling by land or crossing the stormy sea.”  He wrote his commentary on the Mishna in Arabic.  It was later translated into Hebrew.
Another of Rabbi Moshe’s monumental works is the Sefer HaMitzvot.  It enumerates all the 613 mitzvot (the 248 positive precepts and 365 negative-prohibitions) of the Torah.  This too, he wrote in Arabic.
The most famous work of Rabbi Moshe is the “Mishne Torah.”  It explains all the commandments of the Torah.  He wrote all 14 volumes of this work in Hebrew.  He also wrote the “Moreh Nevuchim” – “Guide for the Perplexed”.  In it he deals with philosophical questions such as, the nature and existence of G-d, purpose of creation, G-d and His relation to the universe, human destiny, free will, Divine Providence, Divine Justice, etc.
In addition to being a great Torah scholar, he was a renowned doctor and served as the royal physician and advisor to the Sultan in Egypt. Rabbi Moshe also wrote many other works including books on medicine. He passed away on the 20th of Tevet 4965 (1204) in Cairo, Egypt at the age of 70 and was buried in Tiberias, Israel. May his memory be a blessing.  Amen.


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