תפילות וזמירות

vaera - why in the world would Maimonides choose to live to the end in Egypt?

 

vaera - why in the world would Maimonides choose to live to the end in Egypt

Okay - Vaera - in this week's tora portion G- d says

"I will take you out of bondage and Egypt ... like we read in the Passover Hagadda

but why do  I write about Maimonides who lived 2600 years after the Exodus from Egypt?

The Jerusalem Talmud gives 3 sources for the Torah Prohibiting Jews from "going back to Egypt"

The theories behind the prohibition include:

1 the Israelites should not be a fraid in the desert and want to return

2 Israelites who set up their lives in Israel should never go back thinking the "grass is greener" there

3 no Jews should ever reside in that plae which (was? is?) the most debauched and inhuman of societies

4 - So why did Maimonides move there after being kicked out (with so many other Jews) of Spain, Moroco and maybe elsewhere?

Even without such a Law - after this week we read how special it is that G-d got us away from them?

 

So why pick the place G-d so strongly says in 4 different ways in this portion "I gotta get you outa here"?

Some say his rich brother convinced him and supported his study and writings

In my humble opinion

Maimonides was forced to.

Saladin was the ruler of much of the Middle East -

and when Maimonides went to Israel -

he probably needed protection from the constant war between Christian and Muslim armies -

so -

maybe Saladin heard about Maimonides

and accepted that only the best physician (a Jew) was what

he needed for the ruling class of Egypt

and he got Maimonides to stay there

(and write his masterpieces-

and spread the word of Hashem throughout the Jewish world).

AND MAYBE IF WE PRAY HARD ENOUGH THE WORLD WILL DO THE SAME NOW -

sponsor Jewish learning and healing

LOve and shabbos

Rabbi Andy Eichenholz

In SNOWY AND BEAUTIFUL JERUSALEM