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Maimonides And Samuel Ben Ali

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Maimonides could be gracious. When scholars in Southern France questioned a number of legal and ritual decisions in the Mišneh Torah, he thanked them warmly for their meticulousness in reading the work, praised their rabbinic acumen, and in one instance accepted a correction, with the assurance that he was correcting his text of the code accordingly. This chapter examines the Maimonides letter to Samuel Ben Ali and its context in some detail. The subject has been touched upon more than once and from more than one viewpoint, but of no adequate treatment of the thrust and parry between Maimonides and Samuel. Maimonides followers in Baghdad combined the correspondence between Abraham of Baghdad, Maimonides, and Samuel into a small treatise, which they circulated. Samuel died about three years after the exchange of letters.

Keywords: exchange of letters; Maimonides; Samuel Ben Ali

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