"Farteitcht un Farbessert": On "Correcting" Maimonides

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Maimonides' universalism is both striking and, to many of his readers, surprising. So surprising are they that passages in his writings have been modified over the generations to pull the sting of their universalism and make them accord with more widely accepted notions of Jewish separateness and superiority. Examples of this phenomenon are examined here; it is also suggested that copyists and editors 'corrected' texts before them to what they were sure Maimonides 'must have' meant.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalMeorot: A Forum of Modern Orthodox Discourse
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2007


  • Maimonides, Moses, 1135-1204 -- Criticism and interpretation


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