STUDENT'S COMPANION TO THE GUIDE OF THE PERPLEXED BY MOSES MAIMONIDES

STUDENT'S COMPANION TO THE GUIDE OF THE PERPLEXED BY MOSES MAIMONIDES
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    STUDENT'S COMPANION TO THE GUIDE OF THE PERPLEXED BY MOSES MAIMONIDES
    by Ben Zion Katz

    TEMPORARILY AVAILABLE ONLY IN THE UNITED STATES. 

    Softcover, 160 Pages
    KTAV Publishing House, Urim Publications, 2021
    ISBN: 978-1-60280-429-6

    This Student's Companion edition lays out, in nontechnical terms, the main ideas contained in Maimonides' famous work Guide of the Perplexed so it can be read be read by an ambitious beginner or advanced high school student. It also provides a general introduction to Maimonides' life, the plan and outline of the Guide, the required philosophical background, and a concise chapter-by-chapter overview and commentary. 

    About the Authors:
    Moses Maimonides was one of the greatest Jewish minds of all time. Born in Cordova, Spain around 1135, his family fled from fanatical Moslem persecution. They passed through Fez, Morocco and Israel, eventually settling in Fostat (Old Cairo), Egypt. Also known as the Rambam, Maimonides became the leader of the Jewish community in Egypt for a time; he also studied medicine and became a court physician. He authored three great Jewish works (as well as many medical and scientific treatises): a commentary on the Mishnah, a code of Jewish law and his philosophical masterpiece, The Guide of the Perplexed. Published in 1190, the Guide has been translated into many languages and has had a profound influence on both Jewish and non-Jewish philosophers. Maimonides died in 1204 and was buried in Tiberias in Israel.

    Ben Zion Katz is a Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and is an Attending Physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He is the author of over 70 original medical publications, as well as many book chapters and editorials on medical matters. He is also the author of A Journey Through Torah: A Critique of the Documentary Hypothesis (Urim, 2012) and has published many articles of Jewish interest in learned journals such as Tradition, Jewish Bible Quarterly and Bekhol Derakheha Dehu (Journal of Torah and Scholarship). He has taught for the Florence Melton Adult Education Program of Hebrew University, the Dawn Schuman Institute for Jewish Learning and Limmud Chicago, and has given invited presentations at meetings of the Association for Jewish Studies and the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem. He lives with his family in the Chicago area.


    Praise for Student's Companion to The Guide of the Perplexed:
    “Moses Maimonides was one of the supreme Jewish minds of the Middle Ages. He was a halakhist par excellence and the greatest Jewish philosopher. Dr. Katz's book will be useful to those seeking a bird's eye view of the Guide
    The book will also be very useful to those who have studied the Guide and seek to refresh their memory as to its contents. Teachers of the Guide will find Katz’s work an excellent tool for preparing their lectures. 
    Rabbi Moshe Isserles, one of the greatest Jewish scholars of Poland… speaks of the study of the metaphysical as tiyul be-pardes. Ben Zion Katz's Student’s Companion to The Guide will serve as a useful handbook to those who desire to walk in the garden.”
    – Rabbi Dr. H. Norman Strickman