Dr Maurice Mizrahi – Why was Maimonides controversial? (Tzav)


In this week’s Torah portion, Tzav, we are taught about the various animal sacrifices we had to bring in ancient days. Traditional Judaism looks forward to the rebuilding of the Temple and the resumption of these sacrifices. But Maimonides, while acknowledging the tradition in his legal work, downplays the need for sacrifices in his philosophical work, saying they were only a transitional step to prayer. This is just one of the many ways in which Maimonides was controversial, in his lifetime and for many centuries afterwards. Let us review some of the controversies ignited by this great thinker.
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