A Rediscovered Prayer by a Medieval Rabbinic Giant

Born in the Spanish city of Gerona, Moses Naḥmanides (1194-1270), was an outstanding talmudist, kabbalist, exegete, physician, and community leader, whose work left an enduring mark on Jewish thought and practice. The scholar Idan Perez, in his research into the liturgy of the Jews of Catalonia—which was distinctive from that of other Spanish Jews, and has not been used for centuries—discovered what appears to be a liturgical poem composed by Naḥmanides himself. Zack Rothbart writes:

Create a free account to continue reading

Welcome to Mosaic

Create a free account to continue reading and you'll get two months of unlimited access to the best in Jewish thought, culture, and politics

Register

Create a free account to continue reading

Welcome to Mosaic

Create a free account to continue reading and you'll get two months of unlimited access to the best in Jewish thought, culture, and politics

Register

Read more at The Librarians

More about: Catalonia, Jewish liturgy, Nahmanides, Sephardim

Thoughts on Yitzhak Rabin’s Assassination, a Quarter-Century On

On the Jewish calendar, today is the 25th anniversary of Prime Minister Yitzḥak Rabin’s assassination at the hands of a fellow Jewish Israeli. Rabin, after a long and impressive career in the military and in politics, had not long beforehand signed the Oslo Accords, and was murdered by a zealous opponent of that decision. Reflecting on the occasion, David Horovitz writes:

Create a free account to continue reading

Welcome to Mosaic

Create a free account to continue reading and you'll get two months of unlimited access to the best in Jewish thought, culture, and politics

Register

Create a free account to continue reading

Welcome to Mosaic

Create a free account to continue reading and you'll get two months of unlimited access to the best in Jewish thought, culture, and politics

Register

Read more at Times of Israel

More about: Israeli politics, Oslo Accords, Yitzhak Rabin