The Italian Almanac

Malmonides

Italian News - January 8th

The Vatican will loan the work of Moses Maimonides, one of Judaism's most celebrated rabbis and sages, to Israel this year in a gesture meant to improve relations between Catholics and Jews.

The Vatican's decision was hailed by Jewish community leaders and academics as a great and rare opportunity to study the scripts of Maimonides, also known as Rambam, written originally in the 1200s, and copied by a scribe two centuries later.

The work by Maimonides, considered one of the most influential medieval Jewish thinkers, is cherished as a one-of-a-kind record that covers the rules of life, such as marriage and other codes of behavior.