This Day in Jewish History 1565: The Maharam Dies, Would Live Long Enough to See the Talmud Burned

A low-grade spat over a book of commentary by Meir of Padua culminated in the Vatican ordering Jewish law books burned throughout the Catholic domain.

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January 12, 1565, is said to be the date on which the great rabbinical figure Meir ben Isaac Katzenellenbogen died. The Maharam, as he is also known (a Hebrew acronym for Moreinu Harav Meir -- Our Teacher...