One of the Greatest Minds of Medieval Spanish Jewry

Medieval Spain produced many Jewish geniuses. The poet and philosopher Solomon Ibn Gabirol, born 1000 years ago, wrote poetry that is still sung in synagogues all over the world.

A sculpture of poet and philosopher Solomon Ibn Gabirol in Malaga, Spain. Petr Svarc/Alamy Stock Photo.

A sculpture of poet and philosopher Solomon Ibn Gabirol in Malaga, Spain. Petr Svarc/Alamy Stock Photo.

Observation
Aug. 11 2020
About the author

David Wolpe is rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and the author of, among other books, Why be Jewish? and Why Faith Matters. He can be found on Twitter @RabbiWolpe.


This is the fourth in a series of occasional essays by David Wolpe on lesser-known figures in Jewish history. The first, on the biblical king Josiah, the second, on the talmudic figure Bruriah, and the third on the philosopher Saadya Gaon, are available here

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