Essential Maimonides / Edition 1

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Jewish tradition holds that there were two Torahs given to Moses at Mt. Sinai-one written (which forms the first five books of the Jewish Bible), and one oral (which, after being passed down through the generations, was compiled in the Talmud). Maimonides remains one of rabbinic Judaism's towering figures nearly 800 years after his death because of his brilliant explanation of this oral law. In this compendium, Finkel offers five of the Rambam's lesser-known works-"Letter to Yemen," "Discourse on Martyrdom," "Commentary on the Mishnah," "The Eight Chapters" and "Discourse on the World to Come"-which demonstrate Maimonides' penetrating, logical Torah analysis. But more striking than this book's intellectual heft is how clearly the personality of Maimonides comes through. At times funny, at times caustic, he does not suffer fools gladly. However, his venom for intellectual opponents is clearly outmatched by his overwhelming love for his people. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568214641
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 259
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Iggeres Teiman, The Letter to the Jews of Yemen 1
Rambam's Introduction 3
Words of Consolation 6
Encouraging Words 14
Refuting Moslem Claims 20
The Coming of Mashiach 29
The False Mashiach 39
Epilogue 49
Pt. 2 Maaman Kiddush Hashem, Discourse on Martyrdom 51
A Misleading Answer 53
The Gravity of Maligning a Jew 57
The Importance of Every Mitzvah 62
Discussion of Kiddush Hashem 66
Pt. 3 Commentary on the Mishnah 79
The Written and the Oral Torah 83
The Power of Prophecy 86
The Transmission of the Oral Torah 99
Categories of the Oral Torah 101
Dissenting Opinions 111
The Structure of the Mishnah 113
Expounding the Mishnah 131
Following the Completion of the Talmud 144
Discussion about the Commentary of the Mishnah 146
Pt. 4 Shemonah Perakim, The Eight Chapters, An Introduction to Ethics of the Fathers 165
Ch. 1 The Human Soul and its Powers 169
Ch. 2 The Source of Virtue and Vice 174
Ch. 3 Diseases of the Soul 177
Ch. 4 Curing the Soul 179
Ch. 5 The Ultimate Goal 189
Ch. 6 The True Saint 194
Ch. 7 Barriers To Hashem 198
Ch. 8 Man's Nature 202
Pt. 5 Perek Chelek, Discourse on the World to Come 217
Discourse 219
Commentary on Mishnah 1 235
Thirteen Principles of Faith 237
The Basis of our Faith 245
Glossary 246
Index 251
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