30 December 2010

Remembering the Rambam a"h

Monday, 20 Teves, was the Yahrzeit of the Rambam a"h

By way of introduction ... I live now in Jerusalem, on a street named for a rabbi. As I walk around this beautiful area, past streets named for Jewish sages, I wonder whether somehow up in Heaven, they are able to look down and see what has become of this Holy Land.

The early pioneers were socialists in search of a new ideal, rejecting the discrimination and persecution in their birth lands. They abandoned the lifestyle of their parents, the religion of their ancestors, and the very link to these sages.

Today we have in Eretz Yisrael a dichotomy of native born Israelis that do not know about their ancestors or their Jewish inheritance, and Jews from foreign lands returning home to connect with the spiritual legacy of these very sages.

It's ironic and sad.

Now that Israel has reached the age of 40, the age at which the Torah says wisdom begins:

“Israel understands that the Rambam
is one of the pillars of Judaism
and that through him the future of Israel can be built...”

"This past weekend, the
Second Annual Conference on the subject of the preservation of the heritage of the Rambam (Maimonides) was held in Tiberias. The conference centered around one of the greatest figures in Jewish history, the Rambam, who was one of the greatest halakhic authorities, philosopher, scientist, physician, and researcher.

The conference, which was held in the Hof Guy hotel in Tiberias, also dealt with the importance of the preservation of heritage sites in Tiberias. Participants took part in lectures, discussions, and tours of the Maimonides Heritage Center and other heritage sites in the city.

“The goal here is not just to help rehabilitate the city of Tiberias but really to educate the world, Jew and non-Jew, about Rambam’s outlook and philosophy,” explained Rabbi Yemin Levy, President of the Maimonides Heritage Center.

“Israel understands that the Rambam is one of the pillars of Judaism and that through him the future of Israel can be built,” said Rabbi Haim Fogel, Director of the Maimonides Heritage Center. “The Rambam cared both for the rabbis as well as for the simple people. He wrote both an explanation to the Mishnah as well as the Mishneh Torah which is a guidebook for rabbis.”

“Rambam in the culture of Judaism really stands out and is really the voice that needs to be heard today, the voice of reason, the voice of science, and the voice of spirituality and Torah,” said Rabbi Levy.

Maimonides Heritage Center in Tiberias Israel (video in Hebrew) :

The Egyptian Government has restored the Rambam Synagogue and 12h century Yeshiva in Old Cairo.

1 comment:

Neshama said...

thank you, it is the 20th. i didn't verify my source.