The philosophical, and halakhic works of the great Jewish theologian, rabbi, and doctor Moses Maimonides created great controversy in the years after his death, especially in France. In 1232, anti-Maimonideans in Paris reported the rabbi’s works to Dominican friars—who burned them en masse. After an excursus into the career of a revolutionary Austrian physician of possible Jewish origins, Henry Abramson tells the story of Maimonides’ life, describes his thought, and explains how they came to meet such terrible opprobrium. (Video, 48 minutes).
Why Parisian Jews Encouraged the Church to Burn the Books of Moses Maimonides
The Demise of UNRWA Is Long Overdue
The head of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)—which provides educational and social services to the descendants of Palestinian refugees—recently predicted disaster if the organization is unable to raise $100 million in the next few months. Ruthie Blum explains why this official’s claim that UNRWA “is indispensable in the lives of Palestinian refugees” is simply false: