Daily Israel Report

800 Years Since Death of Maimonides

This Sabbath, the 20th day of the Jewish month of Tevet, will mark the 800th anniversary of the death of the Rambam, Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, known as Maimonides.
First Publish: 12/31/2004, 1:07 PM / Last Update: 12/30/2004, 6:21 PM

The famous saying, "From Moses to Moses, none ever arose like Moses," was coined to describe his incredible stature.

A religious scholar, philosopher, writer, Jewis Law codifier, commentator, physician and advisor to the ruler of Egypt, the Rambam (1135-1204) left a legacy of Jewish classics that are consulted daily in thousands of yeshivot, homes and research centers throughout the world. Among his works are Yad HaHazakah, a 14-volume work detailing almost every facet of Jewish Law; the philosophical work Moreh Nevukhim (Guide to the Perplexed); a commentary on the Mishnah; and more.

Born in Cordoba, Spain, the Rambam fled to Morocco after the Almohads conquered the area. He later lived in Morocco, the Land of Israel, and Egypt, where he served as Sultan Saladin's doctor. Maimonides is considered one of the most influential leaders and scholars in the history of the Jewish people.

The Rambam is buried in Tiberias. Rabbi Yitzchak Shilat, a leading researcher of the Rambam's writings, told Arutz-7 that he believes that the gravesite is indeed authentic. "The Rambam asked to be buried in Tiberias because of his belief that the Sanhedrin would be re-established there," Rabbi Shilat said.