Moses Maimonides : A Scholar Of The Middle Ages Who Decoded

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Moses Maimonides, widely known as RaMBaM was a scholar of the Middle Ages who decoded, translated and created major Jewish texts, which much of Judaism has foundations on. Through his works, namely the Commentary of the Mishnah, the Guide for the Perplexed, and the Mishneh Torah, Maimonides aided the Jewish community through the clarifications of beliefs, the challenge of questioning one’s beliefs, maintaining relevances to the Jewish community and shaped interactions within and between Judaism and other cultures and religions. Both the people of his context, and modern Jewish society have been shaped by Maimonides, in scholarship, lifestyle and Jewish renewal, despite criticism from other scholars.

Maimonides clarified Jewish principal beliefs, about God, responsibility and various laws. The Mishneh Torah, a reprised version of the Torah logically and systematically indexed (1), and the Commentary on the Mishnah, aided appreciation of Oral Law, without excessive study of the Torah, Talmud, nor Mishnah. His works compiled Judaism’s main beliefs into the ‘13 Articles of Faith’ and the 613 mitzvot. (2) The Articles of Faith defined a focus onto Judaism’s essences on God and His nature, which are standardly incorporated into Jewish literature, creeds, and prayer books. This emphasises its importance to Jewish expression and rituals, domestic and communal celebrations. Similarly, the Mishneh Torah forms the halakhic code, through philosophical essays, Jewish
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