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  Maimonides - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Maimonides was born in 1135 in Córdoba, Spain, then under Muslim rule during what some scholars consider to be the end of the golden age of Jewish culture in Spain.
Maimonides distinguishes two kinds of intelligence in man, the one material in the sense of being dependent on, and influenced by, the body, and the other immaterial, that is, independent of the bodily organism.
Maimonides was brought into this dispute by both sides, as the first group stated that his writings agreed with them, and the second group portrayed him as a heretic for writing that the afterlife is for the immaterial spirit alone.
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 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Maimonides   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Maimonides takes this to mean that it is possible for a being not affected by external circumstances to will something new as long as it is part of his original intention.
Maimonides takes this to mean that the ideal state is one in which a person acts in a completely dispassionate way deciding cases on their merit without recourse to feeling.
If Maimonides were to remain true to his word and accept the strongest argument wherever it leads, as far as Spinoza's is concerned, he would have to embrace the new science, the eternity of the world, and the necessity of every event that takes place in it.
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 Maimonides' Mysticism
Maimonides' teaching on the ultimate stages that a truly religious person can achieve--i.e., his instruction to the upper range of the elite, the holy men of his day--is also contained in Guide 3:51, though it is alluded to elsewhere as well.
Maimonides then concludes this paragraph by backtracking to create a contradiction of the seventh type: "Accordingly, silence is preferable--and limiting oneself to the [modes ofl apprehension of the intellects--just as the perfect ones have enjoined and said, `Commune with your own heart upon your bed and be still' (Ps.
The evidence is quite clear: Maimonides understands the Song of Songs in general, and this verse in particular, to be a metaphor for intellectual- contemplative worship and he understands the double- consciousness of Moses and the patriarchs to be possibly available to the uppermost range of the elite.
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 Maimon.doc   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Maimonides held many controversial veiws on the basic premises of medicine, some of which are still being debated today.
Maimonides put all of the law of the Pentateuch and almost all of those of the Mishna and Gemaras into a logical and organized code which clarified traditional doctrines on the precepts of canon, dogma, and ritual.
Maimonides strived for intellectual perfection and believed that knowledge of theoretical truth is the highest goal for man.
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 Moses Maimonides' "Mishneh Torah"
Maimonides' Mishneh Torah was intended to be a summary of the entire body of Jewish religious law.
Moses Maimonides (Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, usually referred to in Hebrew by the acronym "RaMBa"M) was one of the towering figures in medieval intellectual and religious life.
Maimonides' literary output includes: a work on philosophical logic; an Arabic commentary to the Mishnah; an enumeration of the 613 precepts of the Torah; the Mishneh Torah law code; the Arabic philosophical treatise The Guide of the Perplexed; and many letters and responsa addressed to various Jewish communities.
www.ucalgary.ca /~elsegal/TalmudMap/Maimonides.html   (472 words)

 MyJewishLearning.com - History & Community: Maimonides
Maimonides, known, after the initial letters of his name (Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon, “Rabbi Moses son of Maimon”) as Rambam, is generally acknowledged to be the greatest Jewish thinker, Talmudist, and codifier in the Middle Ages.
Maimonides died in Egypt, but his body was taken to be buried in the land of Israel, where his grave in Tiberias is still a place of pilgrimage.
Maimonides in his lifetime met with a degree of opposition on account of some of his views, but the great divide between the Maimonists, who favored the study of philosophy, and the anti-Maimonists, opposed to this study, did not come about until after his death.
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 The Influence of Islamic Thought on Maimonides
Maimonides further stresses along these lines that attributes used to describe God are “remote from the essence of the thing of which it is predicated,” and that such descriptions do not at all signify “differing notions subsisting within the essence of the agent” (G 1.52, P 378).
Maimonides' God is, to use the language of Avicenna, the proven existent which “when it is considered in itself, has its existence by necessity” and which, as such, has no cause (HM, H 241).
Even though Maimonides' God is “the form of the world” (G 1.69, P 166) (which seems to imply a kind of immanence), as a separate intellect—entirely removed from even the realm of other cosmic separate intellects—God, as the source for all existence, is entirely removed from the cosmos itself.
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Maimonides also formulated a credo of Judaism expressed in thirteen articles of faith, a popular reworking of which (the Yigdal prayer) appears in most Jewish prayerbooks.
Maimonides was one of the few Jewish thinkers whose teachings also influenced the non­Jewish world; much of his philosophical writings in the Guide were about God and other theological issues of general, not exclusively Jewish, interest.
Maimonides scholar Shlomo Pines delivered perhaps the most accurate assessment at the conference: “Maimonides is the most influential Jewish thinker of the Middle Ages, and quite possibly of all time” (Time magazine, December 23, 1985).
www.us-israel.org /jsource/biography/Maimonides.html   (1159 words)

 Mark R. Sunwall, Maimonides & Rand
Indeed, Maimonides is not overly concerned with the ethnological specifics of who was or was not a "Sabian." This is because his major intent is to develop the category of "Sabian" as a type which can be employed in solving the historical riddles of the relationship of monotheism to its pagan environment.
Maimonides is not in fact sitting in judgment on a particular community, but establishing an ideal type for the purposes of illustrating the consequences of idolatry and its interaction with monotheism.
However Maimonides' boldest stroke occurs where he indicates that the ritualistic provisions of the Torah are in general a concession and a compensation to a community which was still in a transitional state between idolatry and monotheism.
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 Rabbi David Wolpe on Sherwin B. Nuland's biography of Maimonides -- Beliefnet.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Maimonides was born in Spain, and lived a comfortable life until 1148, when the Almohads, a fanatic Muslim sect, captured the Iberian Peninsula.
After the tragic death of his brother David at sea, Maimonides’ predicament is stark: “He was a 36-year-old man without resources, responsible for a household consisting of David’s wife, her sister and young daughter, his own sister, a freed slave, and several servants.
Because Maimonides did not believe in earning a living by being a rabbi—on the principle that the Torah should not be turned into an instrument of profit—he took up medicine.
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Maimonides was born in Cordoba, Spain, but left with his family in the wake of the Almohad conquest and subsequent religious persecution.
As a physician, Maimonides was a strict rationalist, producing numerous treatises that were translated from the Arabic into Hebrew and Latin and helped spread his fame in the West.
Maimonides is regarded as the supreme rationalist, and this is amply illustrated in his three great works, the commentary on the Mishnah, the Mishneh Torah (see Maimonides, Moses - Halakhist), and the Guide of the Perplexed (see Maimonides, Moses - Philosophy), as well as in his extensive and very important medical writings.
www.thirteen.org /heritagedvd/ej_1.html   (810 words)

 Moses Maimonides   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
In contrast to these thinkers, Maimonides held that theology and philosophy were completely congruent at every point and that all perceived conflicts between them are merely apparent—the result of mistakes in perception or reason.
Maimonides defends his equivocal view of language and knowledge by citing Isaiah 55: 8-9 (“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and my ways are not your ways, says the Lord.
Maimonides describes his program of philosophical theology as a desire to eliminate all plurality in the Godhead, but it should be asked why such ultimate plurality is really a problem to begin with.
www.societaschristiana.com /History/Original/Maimonides.html   (2294 words)

 Moses Maimonides of Egypt
Moses Maimonides (1135–1204), Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (Rambam), was the most influential Jewish thinker since the Moses of the Bible or Torah.
Maimonides’ most famous work is Guide to the Perplexed, an explanation of God’s infinite perfection addressed to a disciple who was troubled by disputes in philosophy and theology.
To find out more about Moses Maimonides and the "Theory of Everything" he shares in common with Avicenna, Aquinas and Mahdvacharya, read the book The Wonder of the World: A Journey from Modern Science to the Mind of God by Roy Abraham Varghese.
mosesmaimonides.com   (1022 words)

 Maimonides Encyclopedia Article @ AlienArtifacts.com (Alien Artifacts)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Maimonides Medical Center celebrated the end of another successful summer youth program with a special recognition ceremony at the hospital, located at 4802...
Maimonides' full name was Moshe ben Maimon (Hebrew: משה בן מימון) and his Arabic name was موسى بن ميمون بن عبد الله القرطبي الإسرائيلي (Mussa bin Maimun ibn Abdallah al-Kurtubi al-Israili).
May there not be many who profess this folly, and let us hope that he will go farther than this in his folly and believe that the Creator is corporeal.
www.alienartifacts.com /encyclopedia/Maimonides   (3277 words)

 Maimonides - Wikiquote
There are thirteen basic principles of Judaism that is attributed to Maimonides.
Maimonides basic thirteen principles of the Jewish faith
Maimonides explanation on Freedom of Choice as explained by the Lubavitcher Rebbe
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 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Teaching of Moses Maimonides
Through the "Guide of the Perplexed" and the philosophical introductions to sections of his commentaries on the Mishna, Maimonides exerted a very important influence on the Scholastic philosophers, especially on Albert the Great, St. Thomas, and Duns Scotus.
Educated more by reading the works of the Arabian philosophers than by personal contact with Arabian teachers, he acquired through the abundant philosophical literature in the Arabic language an intimate acquaintance with the doctrines of Aristotle, and strove earnestly to reconcile the philosophy of the Stagirite with the teachings of the Bible.
But, while in these important points, Maimonides forestalled the Scholastics and undoubtedly influenced them, he was led by his admiration for the neo-Platonic commentators and by the bent of his own mind, which was essentially Jewish, to maintain many doctrines which the Scholastics could not accept.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/09540b.htm   (1000 words)

 Judaism 101 - Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon - Rambam - A Glossary of Basic Jewish Terms and Concepts - OU.ORG
Moses Maimonides is known as the greatest Jewish philosopher and codifier of Jewish law in history.
Born in Cordova, Spain, he was forced to flee from fanatical Moslems at the age of thirteen, where he traveled with his family to North Africa, and ten years later to Palestine.
Throughout these journeys, the young Maimonides had concentrated on Torah studies under the guidance of his father, and by the time he reached Fostat had become a famous scholar.
www.ou.org /about/judaism/rabbis/rambam.htm   (272 words)

 Sages and Scholars / Torah 101 / Mechon Mamre
The Patriarch of the Jewish community, Judah Ha-Nasi was well-educated in Greek thought as well as Jewish thought.  He organized and compiled the Mishnah, building upon Rabbi Akiba's work.
Maimonides (Rambam; Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon) (1135-1204 C.E.)
A physician born in Moorish Cordoba, Maimonides lived in a variety of places throughout the Moorish lands of Spain, the Middle East, and North Africa, often fleeing persecution.  He was a leader of the Jewish community in Cairo.  He was conversant in Arab and Greek sciences and philosopy, particularly of the school of Aristotle.
www.mechon-mamre.org /jewfaq/sages.htm   (139 words)

 Maimonides - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
MAIMONIDES [Maimonides] or Moses ben Maimon, 1135-1204, Jewish scholar, physician, and philosopher, the most influential Jewish thinker of the Middle Ages, b.
Maimonides Medical Center Launches Colorectal Cancer Screening and Treatment Program for All Brooklynites, Regardless of Their Ability to Pay.
Maimonides Medical Center Appoints Jay S. Cooper, M.D., as Director of Its Cancer Center, Chair of the New Radiation Oncology Department; Maimonides Is Developing the Only Full-Service Clinical Cancer Program in Brooklyn, N.Y. AScribe Business & Economics News Service; 10/26/2004; ; 626 words
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 Amazon.com: Maimonides (Jewish Encounters): Books: Sherwin B. Nuland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Maimonides, one of the preeminent personalities of medieval Jewish history, was a jurist, philosopher, expert in Jewish law, physician at the court of Saladin and a respected and dedicated communal leader.
Maimonides was devoted to sustaining the Jews as a people, and out of that, to human life generally.
I have not read any of the other biographies of Maimonides, several of which are cited by Dr. Nuland, and therefore cannot judge whether the paucity of details of Maimonides life presented other than medical is a intentional or the result of the actual absence of data.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0805242007?v=glance   (1126 words)

Maimonides was born in Córdoba, Spain, then under Muslim rule, and studied Torah under his father Maimon and Rabbi Joseph ibn Migash.
Maimonides strove to reconcile Aristotelian philosophy and science with the teachings of the Bible.
Maimonides answered an inquiry concerning astrology, addressed to him from Marseilles.
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