Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (1135-1204) was a towering figure in medieval Jewish history, and continues to cast a long shadow into the Jewish present. Nevertheless, the work of the philosopher-physician endured significant controversy, including an especially sad episode in which Jews actually consigned his works to the flames.
Henry Abramson is a specialist in Jewish history and thought. Author of A Prayer for the Government: Ukrainians and Jews in Revolutionary Times (Harvard, 1999) and Reading the Talmud: Developing Independence in Gemara Learning (Feldheim, 2006), and most recently The Kabbalah of Forgiveness: The Thirteen Levels of Mercy in Rabbi Moshe Cordovero's Tomer Devorah (Date Palm of Devorah) (Smashwords, 2014). Dr. Abramson is a Dean of Touro's Lander Colleges.