• October 21, 2019
  • 22 5780, Tishrei
  • פרשת בראשית

Profile: The Ramban

Profile: The Ramban

Join Rabbi David Sedley as he explores the life, writings and teachings (in the context of Jewish and non-Jewish history and thought) of Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman, otherwise known as Ramban רמב״ן. In Catalan he was known as Bonastruc ça Porta.

July 16, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Profile: The Ramban: Profile: The Ramban Event
Class description

In this class we begin by looking at 13th century Spain at the time of the Ramban. We speak about Pope Innocent III and the Fourth Lateran Council with its anti-Semitic decrees; We’ll talk about the Almohads and the Reconquista and King Jacob I of Aragon.

Then we examine Ramban’s commentary on Chumash (particularly Genesis) and his style of commentary.

July 23, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Profile: The Ramban: Profile: The Ramban Event
Class description

In this class we begin by looking at Ramban’s role in the Maimonidean controversy and his defense of Maimonides (while also disagreeing with him).

Then we speak about the Disputation in Barcelona between Ramban and Pablo Christiani.

After the debate, Ramban moved to Israel. We look at some of Ramban’s writings about Israel, and his move to the holy land.

Finally, we end with Ramban’s letter to his son, which is still published in many siddurim today and often studied.

Rabbi David Sedley lives in Jerusalem with his wife and six children. He was born and raised in New Zealand before making Aliya in 1992. He left Israel temporarily (for eight years) to serve as a communal Rabbi in Scotland and England and returned to Israel in 2004. He has translated Rabbeinu Yonah's commentary on Pirkei Avos and is the co-author of Sefiros: Spiritual Refinement Through Counting the Omer (both Judaica Press). Over the years Rabbi Sedley has worked as a journalist, a translator, a video director and in online reputation management. He also writes a weekly Torah blog on the Times of Israel - https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/author/david-sedley.