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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Trumpeter (May 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590305175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590305171
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,245,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For many Jews today, Maimonides is known by reputation but little else. In this splendid and lucid book, his life and teachings are made accessible to the contemporary reader."—Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi, author of Jewish with Feeling and Credo of a Modern Kabbalist

"Hoffman's clear prose and piercing insights into the wisdom of Maimonides make this book a must-read for anyone interested in plumbing the depths of one of the greatest religious thinkers of all time."—Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein, author of Gonzo Judaism: A Bold Path for Renewing an Ancient Faith

"Although there are many books on the Rambam, Dr. Hoffman's volume makes me feel like I am just beginning to discover the spiritual wisdom of this great sage. This is a deep and profound work."—Arthur Kurzweil, author of On the Road with Rabbi Steinsaltz

"An outstanding book for those being introduced to Maimonides, or those who want to refresh their memory, and dig a bit deeper into the life and thought of the greatest Jewish thinker of the Middle Ages."— Jewish Media Review, http://jewishbookreview.wordpress.com/

 

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Edward Hoffman is the author of numerous books on Judaism, Kabbalah, and psychology. He is a psychologist and adjunct professor at Yeshiva University in New York City. He writes extensively for leading Jewish newspapers and magazines, including the National Jewish Post & Opinion, and the Jewish Week, and his articles have appeared in New York Newsday and Yoga Journal.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Weiner on June 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
This brilliant overview gives the reader not only a thorough understanding of the works of Maimonides, but gets to know him as an intimate friend. We become aware not only of the magic of his thinking, his depth of scientific understanding and his phenomenal contributions to our world this many centuries later, but, as as a friend, a colleague, a neighbor, as a full human being. I sat there, reading, totally entranced, not able to put the book down, my only regret being when it ended, though my "appetite" had been more than fully sated. I recommend it for all. It is a true "must."
Marcella Bakur Weiner Ph.D.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wade A. Carpenter on June 9, 2008
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this is a decent introduction to Maimonides as a person and a thinker. however, if one is already familiar with Pirkei Avoth, one is already way ahead of the game. could use considerably more depth, and especially analysis. what were his contributions to thought? Jewish thought? Gentile? where is he controversial? what are the implications of the sayings? discussion? comparable or competing thinkers?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Kurzweil on September 9, 2008
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Dr. Ed Hoffman never disappoints. His writing career has included one superb book after another. It is obvious to all of his readers that he has many gifts, not the least of which is his extraordinary ability to make abstract ideas so clear and down to earth. He also has the eye of a scholar and great passion for his subject. This book is a gem!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. JONES on May 16, 2008
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There is merit to this very short work, 170 pages. There is a brief biography, some stories about his medical practice which are of unstated
reliability. The rear jacket says that Maimonides' actual feelings about Judaism as a belief system is uncertain, though his affection for the community and the system of thinking are definite. The affection he had for science as pure thought aside from medical practice is not examined. My personal belief that he anticipated Darwin by 650 years is not touched upon. There is exceptionally brief discussion of Mishneh Torah is misleading, as anyone who has read the whole work will recognize. I cannot speak of Guide as I have tried but could not read it as the print is so small. His examination of Judaism and Aristotle is discussed, though the dictum that knowledge is knowledge, no matter where it comes from is more an example of his thoughts than the words of M. Torah. There is a list of works with very brief extrations from them.

To one unfamiliar with Maimonides this is a pretty good introduction,though the extracts from M. Torah are misleading.

Mr. Hoffman could have put out a much better work. His concession to brevity makes this effort a bit disappointing.
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The front matter takes up all the rest. So with no real sample of the writing/content I'll leave this for later.
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