Rambam: The Story of Maimonides provides a behind – the – scenes look at the life of one of Judaism’s most influential scholars. In addition to being a leading codifier of Jewish law and a Talmudic commentator, Rambam was also a scholar of the natural sciences. He studied medicine, astronomy and mathematics. His mastery of these fields, together with his avid interest in healing, led him to become a noted physician. Rambam’s knowledge of both the natural world and the Torah world enabled him to offer unique contributions to Jewish philosophy, such as his “Moreh Nevuchim, Guide to the Perplexed”. Till today, he is viewed as a founding father of Jewish thought.
Born in 1135 in Cordoba, Spain, Moses (Moshe) ben Maimon developed his love for learning at an early age. His father, Rabbi Maimon, a student of Rabbi Josheph ibn Migash, taught him Torah – as well as science and mathematics.
When Rambam was only 13, the radical Almohad Muslim sect took control of Cordoba. Rabbi Maimon and his family fled to the mountains and caves of Christian Spain. After wandering for many years, they left for Fez, Morocco. Not long after they arrived, the fanatic Almohads invaded Morocco. Anyone caught observing Judaism and refusing to convert to Islam, were publicly executed by them.
Running Time: 68 Minutes
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|Author||Rabbi Berel Wein|