Mai­monides After 800 Years

Jay M. Harris
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By – January 11, 2012
This vol­ume con­tains six­teen essays ema­nat­ing from a con­fer­ence held at Har­vard in 2004. And, as might be guessed from such a Gedenkschrift, the names of the con­trib­u­tors are as weighty as the papers con­tained with­in. Hal­ber­tal has one in there; so does Haym Soloveitchik, and we round out with a Nadler, a Rav­it­sky, and a host of oth­ers. The top­ics of the mono­graphs are like­wise var­ied, from detailed exam­i­na­tion of Rambam’s family’s influ­ence on Jew­ish affairs, to philo­soph­i­cal dis­qui­si­tions on his con­cep­tion of the soul. 

Inter­est­ing­ly, edi­tor Jay M. Har­ris asks in his fore­ward why anoth­er vol­ume of essays on Mai­monides is need­ed. His answer is sim­ply the nor­mal pro­fes­so­r­i­al response, cog­i­tant, ergo scribent—They think, there­fore, they write. And, if you write it, it should be published.
Jeff Bogursky reads a lot, writes a lit­tle and talks quite a bit. He is a media exec­u­tive and expert in dig­i­tal media.

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