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An autobiography by Salomon Maimon

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Belief firm and fast, that pupil first therefore contains holds the Malachim denotes nothing but angels; and the natural meaning of messengers is for him wholly lost. A correct knowledge of the Hebrew language and a sound exegesis can be attained only gradually by independent study and by reading grammars and critical commentaries on the Bible, Rabbi David Kimchi very few rabbis make * and Aben Esra ; like those of but of these use. * This rabbi The belonged to a family of eminent linguists. father, Joseph Kimchi, was one of the numerous Jews who were obliged to flee from Spain to escape the cruel persecutions of the Mohades about the middle of the twelfth century.

The teacher him a limited portion of the Talmud, containing gives within tion, is the pupil has been directed for translation is words, that are The language not pure Hebrew, are to be read. Talmud, Talmud worse, as the tell itself a connected argument, as a task in exposi- which he must perform within a fixed time. particular expressions and forms the passage must either be The of speech occurring in known by the pupil from his who here takes the place former lessons, or the teacher, of a dictionary, explains and the them to him.

Our fore- "knew nothing say, suit, common to give severe lecture on the vanity of the fathers," in of these new- fashioned costumes, and yet were devout people. must have a coat of striped woolen You you must have leather hose, with buttons even, and everything on You the same scale. shall will bring me My father man What ! is The original cialism which, Trans, to ; I Ay me, become of me ? " then appealed to the rights and privileges of the profession of a scholar, and tion. to beggary at last be thrown into prison on your account.

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