Teves 20 is the yahrzeit of Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, Talmudist, Halachist, physician, philosopher and communal leader, known in the Jewish world by the acronym “Rambam” and to the world at large as “Maimonides”, who passed away in Egypt in 1204.
A recent 7-part series on the life and works of the Rambam starring acclaimed scholar and author, Rabbi J. Immanuel Schochet, was produced and aired by Jewish.TV.
The series, entitled Studies in Maimonides, looks at the unique contributions of this larger-than-life figure.
Part 1 of the series starts with a look at the Rambam’s life. Other lessons cover various works of the Rambam, such as Mishneh Torah and The Guide for the Perplexed, while the final lesson in the series deals with some of the controversy and debate surrounding the Rambam’s work.
Schochet has written and lectured extensively on the history and philosophy of Chassidism and topical themes of Jewish thought and ethics. He is rabbi of Cong. Beth Joseph, and professor-emeritus of Philosophy at Humber College, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.