THE GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED
Author : Moses Maimonides
"BEFORE the sun of Eli had set the son of Samuel had risen."
Before the voice of the prophets had ceased to guide the people,
the Interpreters of the Law, the Doctors of the Talmud, had
commenced their labours, and before the Academies of Sura and
of Pumbadita were closed, centres of Jewish thought and learning
were already flourishing in the far West. The circumstances which
led to the transference of the head-quarters of Jewish learning
from the East to the West in the tenth century are thus narrated in
the Sefer ha-kabbalah of Rabbi Abraham ben David:
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