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Sandra Berbari

Men, women and schools of thought have reformed and/or revitalized the Jewish tradition. How well does this statement reflect the impact on Judaism of ONE significant person or school of thought?

Moses Maimonides was born in Cordoba Spain, in 1135. At the age of 13, he and his family were forced to move out of Spain due to Muslims invading the area. They made it to Palestine but couldn’t live there because of the Crusades at the time. During Maimonides’ journey he was taught by his father who was a scholar. After his brother’s death, Maimonides was obligated to work for a living, and he considered it a sin to earn livelihood from knowledge of the Torah, so he became a doctor.In 1177, Maimonides was recognized as head of the Jewish community of Fostat. In 1185 He became the private physician to the sultan, the sultan is the Egyptian ruler. Although he had a busy schedule as a doctor and community leader, he kept writing books and produced 10 medical works all written in Arabic.Moses Maimonides’ was thought to have reformed and revitalized the Jewish Tradition. His major contributions to Judaism were his writings; these are very significant because they have impacted on the development and expression of Judaism. Of particular major importance were the Commentary on the Mishnah, The Torah and the Guide to the Perplexed. Historically, Maimonides’s life is a symbol of the best of our common past and of a human kind’s ability to overcome intolerance, hatred and ignorance.
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