Devarim: a Riddle

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– Cordoba, Fez, Eretz Israel, Egypt

– Lisbon, Spain, Naples, Venice, Padua

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21 thoughts on “Devarim: a Riddle

  1. Intriguing!
    Perhaps, the answer is that both the Rambam and the Abarbanel were Jewish leaders who resembled Moshe Rabbenu in that – in spite of the fact that they dedicated their lives to the Jewish people – they also were not privileged to lead their flocks into Eretz Yisrael and were not buried here?

    Or something like that… ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Maimonides is associated with verses regarding the “three negative commandments”.

    Deuteronomy 1:17
    Deuteronomy 3:22

    I’m not sure about Isaac ben Judah.

    Beautiful and vibrant photo.

  3. Maimonides wrote Mishneh Torah – and these two words mean “Second Law” – which is also the meaning of Deuteronomy. This book is the reiteration of the first four books – therefore, the second law.

    And I didn’t know that until about 5 minutes ago – thank you for this riddle!

      • I asked my husband this riddle last night, and after some pondering he got it, and he explained that Mishneh Torah is indeed a name for Devarim. The other books have names, too. Nice! My eldest son was there, and he didn’t know any of this, so he learned something, too. Thanks for teaching my family in a fun way.

  4. From Moses to Moses there was none like Moses. I’m sure that’s not what you had in mind. But that’s what comes to my mind right now.

    I’ll ask my husband tonight. He might have some idea. So is Rachel’s answer correct?

    • Yes, that’s what I had in mind. Both Spanish scholars had a relation to Devarim. Abravanel wrote a commentary while the Rambam used one of the Hebrew names of the 5th book of the Torah for his work. However, as we know, Mishneh Torah is not a commentary but a very systematic code.

  5. Leora – Actually, only four of the Chumashim have special names. In contrast, Sefer Shmot (Exodus) is simply called “Sefer Sheni” (literally, the second book).

    • Thanks Mrs.S. for this additional piece of information. I have learnt something too.
      Leora: I’m glad that even your eldest son learned something thanks to this post. All the better if it is in a fun way.

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