Friday, October 12, 2007

"Sefer Mem-Nun"

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So what could be so wrong with a work like the Moreh Nevuchim that Breslovers didn't even like to refer to it by name? They would call it the "Sefer Mem-Nun," as if even the word for the theologically confused could infect them with the same disease.

A Fire In Breslov: Rebbe Nachman and the Philosophers--part 1

In a related conversation on the Ibn Ezra's commentary and Moreh Nevuchim, the Sudilkover Rebbe recently told me of an interesting discovery he found while working on his new printing of Degel Machaneh Ephraim. Finding a citation from the Rambam in Degel Machaneh Ephraim, the Sudilkover Rebbe attempted to locate the source for the quote. He was unable to find it until he looked in Moreh Nevuchim and found it shortly thereafter.

For those who have not already read these postings, I highly recommend parts 1, 2, 3, and the postscript to the guest postings from Rabbi Dovid Sears on the topic of simple faith.


At October 12, 2007 at 9:25:00 AM EDT, Blogger Chaim B. said...

In R' Kasher's sefer "Mefa'aneyach Tzefunos" you can find a short discussion of the relationship of chassidic/misnagdic gedolim to Moreh Nevuchim. R' Kasher writes that aside from notable exceptions like Breslov, the Moreah was learned and cherished by many chassidic gedolim (e.g. Kotzker, Divrei Chaim) and far more accepted than it was in the Misnagdic world (the GR"A had some particularly charged comments againt the Moreh's philosophy).

At October 12, 2007 at 2:29:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Dovid Sears said...

Beautiful drawing of the Rambam!


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