This Day in Jewish History / The Rabad, sage and critic of Maimonides, dies
12th-century French Jewry was becoming exposed to secular ideas from the world outside, which influenced kabbalist sage Rabbi Abraham Ben David
November 27, 1198, is the day that the medieval rabbinical sage Abraham ben David died. Known by the Hebrew acronym for his name, Rabad, Ben David was a contemporary – and critic -- of Maimonides (1135-1204), the Rambam, who personified another school of Jewish thought.
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