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Maimonides’ Hidden Torah Commentary, Leviticus

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Rabbi Dr. Michael Leo Samuel, author of Maimonides’ Hidden Torah Commentary, Leviticus, has made a significant contribution to posterity by writing this beautiful book and bringing the thinking of Maimonides and many dozens of others, ancient and modern, Jewish and non-Jewish, rational and mystic, to his readers. Among many other sources, he focuses on the writings of Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah, his Guide of the Perplexed, his commentary to the Mishnah, his ethical work Shemoneh Perakim, as well as his Responsa, and even the Commentary on Exodus that his son Abraham wrote. This volume follows his successful books on Maimonides to Genesis and Exodus. He reveals much that many people do not know and does so in a clear easy to read and engaging fashion. There is much in these books that we can learn.

The opinions of all people should be examined and Rabbi Samuel who is a very knowledgable person on many subjects gives us the understandings of numerous people. Maimonides taught in his introduction to his Guide of the Perplexed, that the truth is the truth no matter what its source. Therefore, Maimonides said he had no scruple about generally accepting the philosophy of the Greek pagan Aristotle (384-322 BCE), one of the most influential thinkers in the history of Western thought.

Not only rational philosophers, but even mystics stressed Maimonides’ teaching about learning the truth from all........

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