The Warrior Rabbi

The Warrior Rabbi

by David R. Gross
The Warrior Rabbi

The Warrior Rabbi

by David R. Gross


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SAMUEL HA-LEVI IBN NAGRELA, KNOWN AS HA NAGID, LIVED FROM 993-1056 AD. Raised in Cordoba he became the Prime Minister of the city/ state of Granada, the General-in-Chief of its armies, and the head Rabbi of all of Andalusia. As a General he never lost a war. He wrote and published books on Jewish law and poetry, the latter in both Arabic and Hebrew. He conducted an active correspondence with Jewish communities throughout the Diaspora reaching as far north as England and Ireland and as far east as India and the Khazar Empire. Much of his poetry, some of his legal writings, and a bit of his correspondence has survived. Some of his poetry is included in Jewish prayer books to this day.

Ha Nagid fled from Cordoba, became a scribe, then assistant to the financial vizier of Granada and, by dint of hard work and extraordinary intelligence and skill, rose to positions of real authority. Palace intrigue, the near constant threat of war from neighboring taifa, and never-ending struggles to protect his people dominated his life. He was a moral person forced, by his position and dedication to the welfare of the Jewish community, to participate in immoral activities. His son Joseph, whom he groomed from an early age to succeed him, was intelligent and educated but lacked the ruthlessness, leadership skills, and warrior nature of his father.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781645506430
Publisher: Matchstick Literary
Publication date: 10/31/2019
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

David R. Gross graduated with the DVM degree from Colorado State University in 1960. He practiced veterinary medicine for ten years then went back to school to receive MS and PhD degrees from the Ohio State University. He taught and did research at Texas A & M University, College of Veterinary Medicine for 16 years, then was Professor and Director of the Research Laboratories of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, College of Medicine, at the University of Kentucky for 5 years. He finished his academic career as Professor and Head of the basic science department at the Veterinary School of the Univ. of Illinois.
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