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Lot #    14145
Auction End Date    4/25/2006 11:42:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Responsa and Letters of the Rambam
Title (Hebrew)    אגרות ושאלות ותשובות
Author    R. Moses b. Maimon (Rambam)
City    Amsterdam
Publisher    Solomon Proops
Publication Date    1712
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1], 58 ff., 150:95 mm., light age staining, stamps on title. A very good copy bound in contempoary boards, split and rubbed.
   Several important responsa, which were in the language of the questioner, whether Hebrew or Arabic. Although not all responsa bear the date of composition, it has been ascertained that Maimonides' responsa extend from about 1167, a short time after his arrival in Egypt, until a little before his death. The questioners include prominent scholars like R. Anatoli and R. Meshullam, dayyanim in Alexandria; Jonathan ha-Kohen of Lunel; Joseph b. Gabir; Nissim of Damascus; and Samuel b. Ali, Gaon of Baghdad. From these responsa one learns of the growing tension between the gaon of Baghdad and Maimonides in connection with traveling on the high seas on the Sabbath, prohibited by Samuel b. Ali but permitted by Maimonides (ed. Blau, no. 308–9). Of special interest is his responsum to Obadiah the Proselyte, who inquired if he was permitted to say in the blessings and prayers, "Our G-d and G-d of our Fathers," "Thou who has chosen us," "Thou who has worked miracles to our fathers," and similar expressions. Maimonides' responsum, apart from its halakhic merit, is a unique human document displaying grave concern for the feelings of this lonely proselyte who was so unsure of himself. Obadiah was advised that he was to recite all those prayers in the same way as one born a Jew, that he must not consider himself inferior to the rest of the Jews. These responsa, although confined to halakhic decisions, nevertheless display Maimonides' views on matters of doctrine and fundamentals of Judaism.
Paragraph 2    בראשי דף א-כב: אגרות הרמב"ם. בראשי דף כב,ב-נח: שאלות ותשובות מהרמב"ם. על-פי ויניציאה ש"ה.
   CD-EPI 0149870; EJ
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Holland:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica