In this book it is argued that Maimonides was convinced that Jewish doctrine teaches that all human beings are created in God's image and that there is no essential difference between Israel and the other nations of the world. This argument is contrary to that which dominated traditional Judaism since medieval times, and especially since the Emancipation, which attributed to Maimonides particularistic approaches. In Menachem Kellner's opinion, this is a tragic distortion of the reality. Of course, there are differences between the nations and Israel , but, according to Kellner, Maimonides believed the differences are at the level of laws, of history, of destiny. This book offers a close reading of the first, the middle and the last laws in Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah without delving into the philosophical thought of Maimonides. The opening chapter explains Maimonides’ universalism. The last chapter deals with seeming contradictions in Maimonides’ writings. In the epilogue the author departs from a close reading of Maimonides and expresses his opinions in light of today's reality.
Danacode:   110-20227 ISBN:  978-965-226-469-5 Language:   Hebrew Pages:   260 Weight:   600 gr Dimensions:  17x24 cm Publication Date:   08/2017 Publisher:   Bar-Ilan University Press
This book deals with rabbinic enactments and prohibitions from the Second Temple period, designed to separate Jews from gentiles, from their practices and from their culture, e.g. the prohibitions of eating with a gentile, or partaking of a gentile's brea
This book compiles over thirty years of study, during which the author has articulated and developed the concept of ''philosophic mysticism'', that is, the type of mysticism that grows out of rigorous philosophical reflection but clearly alludes to a myst