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Beit Midrash: The Ralbag Described by Rabbi Isaac bat Sheshet Print E-mail

ResponsaThe 6th of Iyar is the Yahrtzeit of Rav Levi ben Gershon (Ralbag), philosopher, and commentator on Chumash. Though a distinguished Talmudist, Levi never held a rabbinical office. He earned a livelihood most probably by the practice of medicine. (1288-1344).

 

And the sage Rabbi Levi of blessed memory, a great Talmudist who wrote a fine commentary on the Torah and Prophets, followed in the footsteps of our teacher Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon of blessed memory. But these sciences, philosophy and physics, turned his heart from the true path. He contradicted the opinions of our teacher Rabbi Moses, of blessed memory, in a number of matters. These include the issue of God’s knowledge of future contingents, the stopping of the sun for Joshua, and the turning of the shadow back ten degrees, about all of which he wrote things which are forbidden to hear. In his book, The Wars of the Lord, he wrote about the immortality of the soul and about the Providential punishment of the wicked in this world.

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