Rabbi Moses "Bonastruc ça Porta" ben Naḥman Girond (Nahmanides)

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Rabbi Moses "Bonastruc ça Porta" ben Naḥman Girond (Nahmanides)

Hebrew: רבי משה בן נחמן ben Naḥman Girond (Nahmanides), רמב"ן
Also Known As: "Ramban", "Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman"
Birthplace: Barcelona, Province of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Death: 1270 (72-80)
Immediate Family:

Son of Meshullam ben Yakob "Sheshet Perfet" and unknown bat Zerachiah HaLevi
Father of שלמה
Brother of Perfet Nasi

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About Rabbi Moses "Bonastruc ça Porta" ben Naḥman Girond (Nahmanides)

 Nahmanides [Nah-man-nid-ez (רבי משה בן נחמן), also known as Rabbi Moses ben Naḥman Girondi, Bonastruc ça (de) Porta and by his acronym Ramban (1194 – 1270), was a leading medieval Jewish scholar, Catalan Sephardic rabbi, philosopher, physician, kabbalist, and biblical commentator. He was raised, studied, and lived for most of his life in Girona, Catalonia.

The Ramban was born in Girona in 1194, where he grew up and studied (hence his name "Girondi"), and died in the Land of Israel about 1270. He was the grandson of Isaac ben Reuben of Barcelona and cousin of Jonah Gerondi (the Rabbeinu Yonah); possibly his brother was Benveniste de Porta, the bailie of Barcelona. Among his teachers in Talmud were Judah ben Yakkar and Meïr ben Nathan of Trinquetaille, and he is said to have been instructed in Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) by his countryman Azriel of Gerona, who was in turn a disciple of Isaac the Blind.

Nahmanides studied medicine which he practiced as a means of livelihood; he also studied philosophy. During his teens he began to get a reputation as a learned Jewish scholar. At age 16 he began his writings on Jewish law. In his Milhamot Hashem (Wars of the Lord) he defended Alfasi's decisions against the criticisms of Zerachiah ha-Levi of Girona. These writings reveal a conservative tendency that distinguished his later works — an unbounded respect for the earlier authorities.   biography continued

  1. Nahmanides
  2. Moses ben Nahman Gerondi
  3. NAHMANIDES in Medieval Catalonia
  4. [http://www.girona.cat/call/eng/institut.php  Nahmanides Institute for Jewish Studies (scroll down to see list of personalities )
  5. Nahmanides Wikipedia
  6. Iggeret Ha-Kodesh
  7. Commentary on Torah, Genesis 1:1, Naḥmanides, quoted in Gerald Schroeder “Genesis and the Big Bang: The Discovery of Harmony Between modern Science and the Bible” ISBN 0-553-35413-2 p.65
  8. p. 73 in Jonathan Sacks (2005) To Heal a Fractured World : The Ethics of Responsibility. London : Continuum (ISBN 9780826480392)
  9. Caputo, Nina, Nahmanides in Medieval Catalonia: History, Community and Messianism. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2008. Pp. 384.
  10. Jewish Dynasties

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Barcelona, Province of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Age 76