Moses Maimonides: His Life and His Love of God
A conference at Yale University
Sunday, September 12, 2004

2004 marks the 800th anniversary of the death of the renowned medieval Jewish philosopher, legal scholar and Jewish leader, Moses ben Maimon or Maimonides (1138-1204). Maimonides was the most original and influential Jewish thinker in pre-modern times. In addition to producing a centrally important corpus of legal and philosophical writings that shaped Jewish thinking and practice in many regions of the world over the centuries, his Guide to the Perplexed entered Western history through St. Thomas Aquinas, who quoted Maimonides in Latin translation. Though born in Cordoba, Spain, he lived most of his life in Egypt where he served as physician to the Jewish community and to the Moslem court. The conference will explore writing a biography of Maimonides (Joel Kraemer and Sherwin B. Nuland) and the spirituality of Maimonides (Daniel Lasker and Menachem Kellner).


Speaker Biographies

Speaker Audio Presentations

Locations of Conference Sessions

Whitney Humanities Center (Yale University), 53 Wall Street, New Haven
Sterling Memorial Library, 130 Wall Street, New Haven

Conference Program

Whitney Humanities Center

9:00 Coffee and pastries
9:45 Welcome: Maria Rosa Menocal, Director, Whitney Humanities Center

Writing the Life of Maimonides: Two Perspectives

Moderator: Ivan G. Marcus (Yale University)

  • Joel Kraemer (University of Chicago)
  • Sherwin B. Nuland (Yale University)

Follow-up Discussion

12:00-1:45 Lunch break (on your own)

Session II: Maimonides as Lover of God
Sterling Memorial Library

1:45 Welcome: Nanette Stahl, Judaica Curator, Yale University Library


2:00-3:00 The Love of God in Maimonides' Philosophy
Daniel Lasker (Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel and Visiting Professor of Judaic Studies, Yale University)


Follow-up Discussion




Coffee break


Philosophical Spirituality: Maimonides on the Liturgy
Menachem Kellner (Haifa University, Israel)



Follow-up Discussion




Reception by the Yale University Press to mark the appearance of Menachem Kellner's translation in the Yale Judaica Series of Maimonides, The Book of Love, Part 2 of Maimonides' Code


Conference Sponsors
Program in Judaic Studies at Yale (David Oestreich Fund)
Yale University Library
Whitney Humanities Center
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale
and Yale Hillel

Yale University Press

Planning Committee
Ivan G. Marcus, chair
Frederick P. Rose Professor of Jewish History

Nanette Stahl, co-chair
Judaic Curator, Yale University Library

Maria Rosa Menocal
R Selden Rose Professor of Spanish and Portugese and
Director , Whitney Humanities Center

Robert G Babcock
Curator of Early manuscripts, Beinecke Library and Professor of Classics

Larisa Heimert
Executive Editor, Yale University Press

Rabbi James E. Ponet
Jewish Chaplain, Yale University and
Director, Yale Hillel and Slifka Center

Hotels in New Haven
If you are planning on staying in New Haven and need hotel accomodations, you might try the following:

Please send any comments or suggestions to Prof. Ivan Marcus (Email: or Nanette Stahl (

Professor Ivan Marcus
Hall of Graduate Studies 225
PO Box 208236
New Haven, CT 06520
Telephone: (203) 432-1379

Nanette Stahl, Judaica Curator
Sterling Memorial Library
130 Wall Street
P.O. Box 208240
New Haven, CT 06520-8240
Telephone: (203) 432-7207

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