BUDAPEST (Apr. 10)
The Hungarian government has for the first time offered the rare Maimonides Codex for public exhibition, following a request from the World Jewish Congress and the intervention of the Central Board of Hungarian Jews, the representa. tive body of Hungarian Jewry and the WJC affiliate here.
The Maimonides Codex is one of the most famous illustrated Hebrew manuscripts in existence. Currently part of the world renowned David Kaufman collection of the Budapest Army, the manuscript is of Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah and is of Italian origin dating back to approximately 1482-1520.
A facsimile edition of some of the illuminated pages was published a few years ago in Hungarian and English versions by Dr. Alexander Scheiber, the late director of the Budapest Rabbinical Seminary.
The Hungarian government granted permission for the Maimonides Codex to be exhibited under the auspices of UNESCO. At its last session, UNESCO adopted a resolution proposed by the WJC calling for formal commemoration this year of the 850th anniversary of the birth of Maimonides, the great Jewish philosopher, educator and physician.