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Mosheh ben Maimon משה בן מימון, called Moses Maimonides and also known as (Arabic: ابو عمران موسى بن ميمون بن عبد الله القرطبي, Abū ʿImrān Mūsā bin Maimūn bin ʿUbaidallāh al-Qurṭubī) or (Arabic: موسى ابن ميمون, Mūsā bin Maymūn) for short, or RaMBaM (רמב"ם – Hebrew acronym for "Rabbi Mosheh Ben Maimon"), was a preeminent medieval Jewish philosopher and one of the most prolific and followed Torah scholars and physicians of the Middle Ages. He was born in Córdoba, Almoravid Empire (present-day Spain) on Passover Eve, 1135, and died in Egypt (or Tiberias) on 20th Tevet, December 12, 1204. He was a rabbi, physician and philosopher in Morocco and Egypt.
Born into a Jewish family of Al-Andalus (the Iberian Peninsula under Moors), Rambam had to flee at thirteen years, due to the expulsion of the Jews who had not converted to Islam radical Almohades who took Córdoba in 1148. For twelve years his family roamed the southern Iberian Peninsula to settle in Fez, Morocco.
Rambam studied Medicine and the traditional Jewish studies with his father, judge and scholar of Jewish legal case. He wrote some of his work during the five years that remained in Fez. After this period, went to Fostat (former capital of Egypt) in 1168. His brother David, merchant, kept the family economically, and Maimon was devoted to studies. After the tragic sinking that killed his brother, he began to play medicine to support his family. It was then an important member of the local Jewish community.
In 1177 Maimonides was recognized as a leader, and among their occupations amounted to judge and administrator. He became a physician and adviser to the Vizier al-Fadil, whom Saladin left the office when he won the Egypt and his reputation gained international recognition. Jewish communities around the world wrote to him seeking his opinion about the Jewish law.
Maimonides wrote ten medical works in Arabic and several works of religious content, which reflects his philosophical outlook on Judaism. It is the encoder of the thirteen principles of Judaism. He died in 1204 in Fostat (or Cairo) and was buried in Tiberius in Israel. His popularity earned him the laudatory phrase that says: "From Moses (the lawgiver) to Moshe (ben Maimon) there is none like Moses."
The thirteen principles of Judaism of Maimonides
In his commentary on the Mishnah (tractate Sanhedrin, chapter 10), Maimonides formulates his 13 principles of faith. They summarized what he viewed as the required beliefs of Judaism:
- The existence of God
- God's unity
- God's spirituality and incorporeality
- God's eternity
- God alone should be the object of worship
- Revelation through God's prophets
- The preeminence of Moses among the prophets
- God's law given on Mount Sinai
- The immutability of the Torah as God's Law
- God's foreknowledge of human actions
- Reward of good and retribution of evil
- The coming of the Jewish Messiah
- The resurrection of the dead
- Maimonides by Wikipedia
- ↑ Davidson 2005, pp. 7–9, 18. If the traditional birth date of 14 Nisan is not correct, then a date in 1136 is also possible. Location of his death is possibly Tiberias, where his son and his tomb are set. There are several indications to the originality of the location, and traditions about the occasion of his death in Tiberias.