A Rediscovered Prayer by a Medieval Rabbinic Giant

Sept. 22 2020

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:

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When Confronting Terrorists, Lethal Force Is Often Necessary

On Saturday, a Palestinian terrorist stabbed a passerby in Jerusalem, and was then shot dead by two border guards. As the second bullet hit him when he was already on the ground, some Israelis have accused the guards of wrongdoing; a misleadingly edited viral video has also brought more attention to the incident. The editors of the Jerusalem Post comment:

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More about: Israeli Security, Jerusalem, Knife intifada, Palestinian terror