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Maimonides Meets Modernity

Contemporary Lessons from Judaism's Greatest Sage

Author: Jay M Harris
March/April 2014
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Maimonides: Life and Thought. By Moshe Halbertal. Translated by Joel Linsider. Princeton University Press, 2013, 400 pp. $35.00.

In the fall of 1993, as my daughter was getting ready to enter first grade at the Maimonides School in Brookline, Massachusetts, a friend of mine asked her where she was going to school. "Mommy's-monides," she replied. Apart from making clear which parent carried the most weight with her, this reply gave a new twist to the old quip, generally attributed to the Israeli scholar Shalom Rosenberg, that "there is my-monides, your-monides, and their-monides."

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