The 11th-century rabbi balanced accessibility and sophistication.
“By creating symbolic structures on earth that parallel supernal ones, human beings draw God’s presence down into the world.”
Naḥmanides and the Catalonian liturgy.
1267, 1867, and 1967.
It’s not about the tension between human moral sensibilities and divine command.
That’s Mr. Ḥeshvan to you.
A new book takes on the philosopher’s influence.
According to Genesis, Abraham hailed from a Mesopotamian city called “Ur Kasdim,” a name usually rendered in English as “Ur of the Chaldeans.” Most commentators. . .
Simon Schama’s bestselling new history of the Jews not only misrepresents but trivializes key events, ideas, and personalities.
The great medieval scholars agree that the attempt to reconcile divine justice with human suffering is important, but disagree vehemently as to why.
The disputation in Barcelona 750 years ago between the one-time Jew Pablo Christiani and Rabbi Moses ben Nahman may have marked the first use of. . .
Why does Nahmanides, medieval champion of Judaism against the Catholic Church, say that the Babylonian exile annulled the covenant?
In Catalonia, Spain, the scene of centuries of Jewish hopes and achievement, a student of Jewish history is beset by a torrent of emotions. (1981)