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Spain Decrees Observance of Maimonides Anniversary

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The Spanish government today issued a decree for the organization of an official celebration on the anniversary of the birth of Rabbi Moses Maimonides (the Rambam), whose eight hundredth anniversary will be celebrated next April. The government decree provided for official honors at the celebration.

Rabbi Maimonides, Talmudist, author, philosopher, astronomer and physician, was born in Cordova March 30, 1135, and died in Cairo, Egypt, December 13, 1204.

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Simultaneous celebrations will be held next April in Cairo, where the Rambam lived most of his life, Vienna, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Jerusalem, London, Warsaw, Philadelphia and New York.

When the Rambam was thirteen years old Cordova fell into the hands of fanatical Moslems and his family was faced with the choice of emigrating or embracing Islam. They left Cordova and wandered until they finally settled in Cairo in 1165.

After experiencing many misfortunes, the Rambam became the personal physician to Saladin’s vizier, Al-Kadi al-Fadil, who rec-

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