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Wisdom Of Maimonides, The : The Life and Writings of the Jewish Sage - Edward Hoffman

Wisdom Of Maimonides, The

The Life and Writings of the Jewish Sage

Paperback Published: 13th May 2008
ISBN: 9781590305171
Number Of Pages: 224

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"Here is an accessible introduction to the life and wisdom of the famous twelfth-century philosopher-physician Moses Maimonides, whose prolific writings on medical and religious issues, commentaries on Jewish texts, and writings on Jewish ethics and law profoundly influenced Judaism. The Wisdom of Maimonides includes a biography; a section of selected teachings drawn from Maimonides' major works The Guide for the Perplexed and the Mishneh Torah, as well as his other writings; and tales about Maimonides' colorful life as a court physician and rabbinic leader."

"For many Jews today, Maimonides is known by reputation but little else. In this splendid and lucid book, his life and teachings are made accessible to the contemporary reader."--Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi, author of Jewish with Feeling and Credo of a Modern Kabbalist

"Hoffman's clear prose and piercing insights into the wisdom of Maimonides make this book a must-read for anyone interested in plumbing the depths of one of the greatest religious thinkers of all time."--Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein, author of Gonzo Judaism: A Bold Path for Renewing an Ancient Faith

"Although there are many books on the Rambam, Dr. Hoffman's volume makes me feel like I am just beginning to discover the spiritual wisdom of this great sage. This is a deep and profound work."--Arthur Kurzweil, author of On the Road with Rabbi Steinsaltz

"An outstanding book for those being introduced to Maimonides, or those who want to refresh their memory, and dig a bit deeper into the life and thought of the greatest Jewish thinker of the Middle Ages."-- Jewish Media Review, http: //jewishbookreview.wordpress.com/

Prefacep. ix
Editor's Notep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Maimonides: A Concise Biographyp. 1
Selected Writingsp. 29
Understanding Human Personalityp. 31
On Becoming a Sagep. 42
All Learning Is Sacredp. 55
Spiritual Awakening and Prophecyp. 65
Social Relations and Leadershipp. 75
The Way of Health and Longevityp. 87
Foundations of Judaismp. 98
Visionary Talesp. 125
Introduction to the Visionary Tales of Maimonidesp. 127
The Lost Childp. 129
A Well-Balanced Dietp. 131
The Unnecessary Exorcismp. 134
A Cure for Depressionp. 136
Healing through Tearsp. 139
The Deceitful Patientp. 142
Surgery without a Scalpelp. 143
The Less Said the Betterp. 145
A Remedy for Povertyp. 147
Sustaining Peacep. 150
The Comforted Guestp. 152
Maimonides' Major Religious-Philosophical Worksp. 153
The Ten Medical Works of Maimonidesp. 159
Chronology of Maimonides' Lifep. 163
Glossaryp. 167
Selected Referencesp. 169
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ISBN: 9781590305171
ISBN-10: 1590305175
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 13th May 2008
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.2 x 13.8  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1