Friday, June 5, 2015

Rare handcrafted copies of Maimonides' Mishneh Torah reunited in Jerusalem

By Dr. Ruchama Weiss and Rabbi Levi Brackman
Photo: Eli Mandelbaum
About 570 years ago, artists handcrafted two volumes of Mishneh Torah, the code on Jewish religious law written by Jewish philosopher Rabbi Moses Maimonides. About 370 years later, the two magnificent and rare volumes were separated. Last week, they were reunited at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem after 200 years. The rare volumes were created in Italy around 1457. They are considered two of the few illustrated copies of this text which still exist in the world. They are believed to have been handcrafted by at least two manuscript artists in northern Italy. [link]