Between Worlds: The Life and Thought of Rabbi David Ben by Hava Tirosh-Rothschild

By Hava Tirosh-Rothschild

"...[This e-book is] a significant, scholarly well-researched ebook on a big determine in early glossy Jewish heritage and suggestion. It offers an exceptional assessment of Jewish existence through the Renaissance, the histortiographic concerns, and the man's position within the higher spectrum of Jewish philosophical pondering. it will be important as a learn of either Italian and Ottoman Jewry and of the heritage of responses to Maimonides."

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78 And R.. Judah should have employed education rather than an outright ban which was effectively a form of curse. Only one extant manuscript records the decrees of R. Judah Messer Leon and the opposition of R. Benjamin of Montalcino. 79 If the controversy occurred in 1455, as that manuscript suggests, then R. Judah Messer Leon correctly interpreted the impact of the printing press on Jewish culture, and followed Benjamin ben Joab's advice. In the next few years R. Judah allied himself closely with the most influential families in Italian Jewry, the Da Pisa and the Norsa, and invested time and effort in educating a generation of students.

R. Judah Messer Leon was convinced, moreover, that the Jewish Provencal logicians and their Italian followers had misused the art of logic to propagate heretical beliefs, contrary to the explicit words of a divinely revealed Torah. Therefore, R. Judah defended Judaism against "the philosophers among the people of our Law" not by banning the study oflogic but by teaching it correctly. R. Judah reasoned that, properly grasped, Aristotle's philosophy, and particularly his logic, did not contradict the teaching of Torah, but actually proved the absolute superiority of divinely revealed Law over all other human wisdomY For forty years, R.

Judah Min~, and to receive a second ordination. 40 R. Judah Messer 40 Between Worlds Leon perhaps hoped to avoid any dispute arising from the circumstances of R. David's first ordination and to solidify R. David's commitment to the Ashkenazic legal tradition. In R. Judah Min~'s academy, R. David sharpened his legal and rhetorical skills through pilpul and expanded his knowledge of Ashkenazic legal compendia and codes. Elija Capsali's Seder Eliyahu Zuta provides a detailed description of R. Judah Min~'s academy,41 as follows: the Ashkenazic community in Padua provided R.

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