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Tomb of Moses Maimonides

Tomb of Moses Maimonides Review

Foremost among Tiberias's many venerated resting places is this tomb. Born in Córdoba, Spain, Moses Maimonides (1135–1204)—widely known by his Hebrew acronym, the "Rambam" (for Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon)—was the greatest Jewish scholar and spiritual authority of the Middle Ages. To his profound knowledge of the Talmud, Maimonides brought an incisive intellect honed by his study of Aristotelian philosophy and the physical sciences. The result was a rationalism unusual in Jewish scholarship and a lucidity of analysis and style admired by Jewish and non-Jewish scholars alike.

Maimonides never lived in Tiberias, but after his death in Egypt, his remains were brought to this Jewish holy city for interment. His whitewashed tomb has become a shrine, dripping with candle wax and tears. To get here, walk two blocks up HaYarden Street, and turn right onto Ben Zakkai Street. The tomb is on your right, topped by a soaring spire of red steel girders.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Ben Zakkai St., Tiberias, 14205
  • Phone: No phone
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Sun.–Thurs. dawn–dusk, Fri. and Jewish holiday eves dawn–2 pm
  • Location: Tiberias
Updated: 05-29-2013

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