Three contributions celebrate the occasion of the eight-hundredth anniversary
of the death of one of our greatest sages, Moses Maimonides (1135–1204).
Maimonides was a master in every branch of Jewish scholarship. He was
the great genius who synthesised the vast world of Talmudic law. He threw
light on the Mishnah by one of the most lucid commentaries ever to have been
written and he wrote numerous responsa advising Jewish community leaders
on intricate problems of interpretation and application of rabbinical law. As a
practising physician his advice on prophylaxis and medical treatment was
highly valued, while he also had a keen interest in human psychology and in
the natural sciences in general, including astronomy.