This Day in Jewish History 1198: 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

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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),...