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Gerondi, Jonah ben Abraham
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(c. 1200, Gerona, Spain – November 1263, Toledo, Spain), rabbinic mystic, headed Talmudic academies in Barcelona and Toledo. His books on ethics pioneered the antirationalist school of Jewish ethical literature (Sifrut musar). Gerondi endeavored to systematize and spiritualize the regulations of the Talmud. In his concern for social ethics, he was influenced by the asceticism of Judah ha-Nasi. According to legend, he prompted the burning of the philosophical works of M. Maimonides (1235), an act for which he later offered a public apology.


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Wilke, Carsten, “Gerondi, Jonah ben Abraham”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 11 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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