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Maimonides Visits Hebron

The great Jewish scholar visited Hebron and other cities in the Land of Israel in 1165.

26.6.17, 11:44
(IMAGE: Portrait of Maimonedes from the thesaurus of sacred antiquities by Blasio Ugolini circa 1700. Credit: Wiki Commons)
 
In 1165 Moshe ben Maimon, known as Maimonides or the Rambam, visited the Land of Israel. In the preface to his commentary on the Talmudic tractate of Rosh Hashana he writes of his visit to Hebron.

"And on the first day of the week, the ninth day of the month of MarCheshvan, I left Jerusalem for Hebron to kiss the graves of my forefathers in the Cave of Machpela. And on that very day I stood in the Cave and I prayed, praised be G-d for everything. And these two days, the sixth [when he prayed on Temple Mount in Jerusalem] and the ninth of Mar-Cheshvan I vowed to make as a special holiday and in which I will rejoice with prayer, food and drink. May the Lord help me to keep my vows… At the edge of the field is the house of Abraham, And it is forbidden to build a home there, in respect to Abraham."
 
The Rambam was a doctor, rabbi, Jewish leader and prolific author. He compiled the Mishneh Torah and wrote such classic works as Guide to the Perplexed.

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