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Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman (1194-1270 CE). A noted medieval rabbi, talmudist, kabbalist, biblical commentator, philosopher, and physician. Most famous for his commentary on the Torah. Also known as Nachmanides.

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Who was Rav Yonah the grandson of Rabbeinu Yonah and Ramban?

There is a fascinating piece brought in the Shu"t HaRashbash (Rav Shlomo ben Shimon Duran) in siman 291 (although written clearly here) where it relates the following story: Rabbeinu Yonah’s ...
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Belief-with worship only towards HaShem - in the real existence of intermediaries between the Almighty and the Gentile Nations

I am an Italian Noahide. There are several discussions in this forum about shituf, understood as associating other entities with HaShem. Unless I am mistaken, it is generally held that on the halachic ...
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Looking for a printable version of Iggeres haRamban in Hebrew

I am looking to print out a picture of the Iggeres haRamban in its original Hebrew so I can have it with me in my home. Ideally I want one that looks nice, but bare minimum any picture of the full ...
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Quote from Ramban, Shemos 6:2 -- where did Ramban hint?

Ramban explains the various names of Hashem and levels of prophetic revelation (explaining pessukim 2-4 all in one comment). Right before the end of this section (paragraph 4 if using HaMeor layout) ...
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What is Ramban's reasoning regarding charging interest to a non-Jew?

Sefer Hachinuch here writes that Ramban holds that when the Torah says you should charge interest to a non-Jew, it means that you can, not that you must. However, we already know that we can charge a ...
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Source of Ramban's opinion regarding the Shekinah

Where did the Ramban express his view that the Shekinah was God? I came across this here. In the footnotes it states that he expressed this view in his commentary on Genesis 46:1, but upon ...
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Why is the resurrection for all of Yisroel, but the Garden of Eidin is only for some?

It says in the first Mishneh of the chapter Chaeilik in Sanhedrin, "All of Yisroel have a portion in the world to come etc...", Which is referring to the world of the resurrection, as it ...
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Is Ramban's commentary on Hebrew Books?

I'd like to read Ramban's commentary on Devarim 4:2. Is there a PDF of it on Hebrew Books?
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Why does Judaism believe in דולפנין Mermaids? [duplicate]

Why does Judaism believe in דולפנין Mermaids? Rashi on Bekhorot 8a:1:1 The Dulfanin reproduce with people - if a person lies with one of them, they can produce offspring. ( ה"ג הדולפנין פרים ורבים ...
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What is the Ramban's question in this comment on עזר כנגדו?‎

לא טוב היות האדם לבדו – איננו נראה שנברא האדם להיות יחיד בעולם ולא יוליד שכל הנבראים זכר ונקבה מכל בשר נבראו להקים זרע וגם העשב והעץ זרעם בהם אבל יתכן לומר כי היה כדברי האומר (ברכות סא) דו פרצופים ...
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Why take the Eitz HaDaas on Sukkos?

The Ramban (Vayikra 23:40) writes ועל דרך האמת "פרי עץ הדר" הוא הפרי שבו רוב התאוה ובו חטא אדם הראשון שנאמר (בראשית ג ו) ותרא האשה כי טוב העץ למאכל וכי תאוה הוא לעינים ונחמד העץ להשכיל ותקח ...
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Ramban’s interpretation of the expression "leshem zenut" in Mishneh Torah-Hilchot Ishut 1: 4

We read in Mishneh Torah-Hilchot Ishut 1:4 “Before the Torah was given, when a man would meet a woman in the marketplace, and he and she desired, he could give her payment, engage in relations with ...
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According to Ramban, why is גזל part of the ז מצות בני נח?

One of the ז מצות בני נח is דינים. According to the Ramban on parshat vayishlach (34:13) the laws that were counted [as one] of the seven commandments that the Children of Noach were commanded is ...
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Translating Ramban on Dovid Hamelech's birth/ancestry

I am trying to learn this with a friend but I am having trouble translating - any help would be great! Does anyone know according to Ramban what is the miracle involved in the birth of Dovid Hamelech/...
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Why does Ramban claim that Rambam does not prohibit the pilegesh for a commoner?

We read in Teshuvot haRashba Meyuchas LehaRamban No. 284: (….) “And also in regard to the words of the Rambam (Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon), of Blessed Memory, they are not intended to forbid the ...
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Why is the Ramban's Hilchos Challah in the back of Bechoros?

I noticed that Hilchos Challah follows Hilchos Bechoros in the back of the Gemarah Bechoros. Why is this where the Ramban placed his Hilchos Challah?
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Talmud Bavli Sanhedrin 98b: an interpretation in a messianic sense of the figure of the "suffering servant" of Isaiah 52-53?

I’m an Italian noahide. I read in various Jewish sources, and also in this forum at The suffering servant? Yeshayahu- Isaiah - Chapter 53 that the figure of the "suffering servant" described in ...
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Learning Ramban Al HaTorah

I'd like to begin learning Ramban Al HaTorah and was wondering if someone has had experience with learning Ramban using a certain set of Chumash. I know of three different sets that have biurim/notes ...
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Source for Ramban regarding Devarim 30:7

According to Ramban (in the context of Vikuah), Devarim 30:7 applies both to notzrim and ishmaelim: וקראתי להם פרשת והיה כי יבואו עליך כל הדברים האלה הברכה והקללה אשר נתתי לפניך, וגמר הפרשה עד ...
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What's the difference between two potential (כוחניים) maters the Yuly and the second

I read in the Abarbanel on Bereishit 1:1,quoting the Ramban, that on the first day Hashem created two types of primordial matter: הראשון לבד שני חמרים מבלי צורה כוחניים בטבעם כענין ההיולי הראשון ...
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On which precise halachic source did Rambam claim that the pilegesh is forbidden to all Jewish men except the kings of Israel?

I’m an Italian noahide. This question covers my exclusively intellectual curiosity, being an halachic case that does not concern the Gentiles but only the Jews. We read in Mishneh Torah -Melachim ...
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"The Disputation" Christian (& Messianic) missionary claims

I have a copy of a book "The Disputation" (1972, Scholarly Publications) which is described in its Amazon page like this: This book is one of the finest books around to use in refuting Hebrew ...
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Did God really backup the Sun dial for Hezekiah?

According to 2 Kings 20:9-11., Hezekiah while on his deathbed, was visited by the prophet Isaiah. The King was about to die so he asked for a sign as proof that G-d would grant him a longer life. ...
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White booklet that lists key pieces in Ramban Al HaTorah?

I was told there's a small white booklet which lists the main pieces in Ramban Al HaTorah for each parsha. I have asked around and people have told me that it has been out of print for a while. Does ...
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Which individuals does Ramban say do not enjoy providential treatment by G-d?

Ramban on Deuteronomy 11:13: ""בכל לבבכם ובכל נפשכם" - והלא כבר הזכיר בכל לבבך ובכל נפשך אלא אזהרה ליחיד ואזהרה לצבור לשון רש"י מספרי (עקב יג). ובאור הענין כי השם לא יעשה הנסים ...
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Is the Ramban's observation of "images of young dog pups in urine" recorded by anyone else?

The Ramban notes in his commentary on Bamidbar 21:9 the following: (Source from Sefaria.org) וכבר הזכירו דבר מנוסה מפלאות התולדה כי נשוך הכלב השוטה אחרי שנשתטה בחליו אם יקובל השתן שלו בכלי זכוכית ...
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Ramban - Every sin deserves more suffering than Iyov received

Where does the Ramban say that in reality we deserve more suffering than Iyov received for every sin we do and it is only because of Hashem's incredible mercy that we don't get anywhere near what we ...
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Egel Hazahav and idolatry: Ramban vs Rashi

Shemot 32:1 says When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, the people gathered against Aaron and said to him, “Come, make us a god who shall go before us, for ...
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According to the Ramban, Did all the descendants of all the Sh'vatim observe the Torah before it was given?

From the Ramban in Beraishis 26:5 it seems that not only Avraham Avinu kept the Torah, but also his descendants, including Yaakov, Yosef, Amram, Moshe etc. He derives this from the passuk "that he [...
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Is the Ramban's observation of "red drops similar to blood developing on a mirror " recorded by anyone else?

The Ramban in VaYikra 18:19 writes the following: (Source from Sefaria) (Partial Quote) ועוד הגידו בו נסיון אמיתי והוא ממפלאות תמים דעים בתולדה כי הנדה בתחילת זובה אם תביט במראה של ברזל הבהיר ...
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What are the "books of experiments" the Ramban refers to when noting a infant which nurses from a pig will become a leper?

The Ramban in Leviticus 11:3 writes: (Source from Sefaria.org) (Partial Quote) וראיתי בקצת ספרי הנסיונות שחלב החזיר אם ינק היונק ממנו יהיה אותו הנער מצורע I saw in some of the "books of ...
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What does בנחת mean in the Igeres HaRamban?

The beginning of the Igeres HaRamban says: תִּתְנַהֵג תָּמִיד לְדַבֵּר כָּל דְּבָרֶיךָ בְּנַחַת, לְכָל אָדָם וּבְכָל עֵת, וּבַזֶּה תִּנָּצֵל מִן הַכַּעַס, שֶׁהִיא מִדָּה רָעָה לְהַחְטִיא בְּנֵי ...
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Ramban and Shituf. What is his position?

The Ramban on Devarim 7:6 says: בך בחר ה' אלהיך להיות לו לעם סגלה שאין לך קצין שוטר ומושל בכל מלאכי מעלה אבל אתה סגולת ה' תחת ידו ולכך לא תטעה לעבוד ע"ז מאלהי העמים וכבר הזכרתי זה פעמים רבות ...
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commentary on deut. 18:22 Ramban

I'm looking for an english translation of commentary on deut. (18, 22) by Ramban. Where is it possible to find it? Thank you
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Discrepancy between Sefer HaMitzvos and Sefer Hachinuch

The Rambam in Sefer HaMitzvos, Lo Saaseh 148 writes that a non-Kohen who eats kodshim/holy food breaks a negative mitzvah: שהזהירנו שלא לאכול זר מבשר קדשי הקדשים. והוא אמרו יתעלה וזר לא יאכל כי קדש ...
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Ramban's approach to the Egel

"Eileh Elokecha Yisroel Asher He'lucha Mai'eretz Mitzraim" Rashi (Exodus 32:1) says that when the Jews made the Egel, they actually wanted to make many gods - seemingly they strayed from monotheism ...
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Did Ramban teach guilt offering is more important and serious than sin offering?

To quote from an answer: One incorrect assumption is that a guilt offering (korban asham) is less serious than a sin offering (korban chatas). The Ramban 5:15 indicates that the opposite is ...
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Elisha Ben Abuya inferences are Apikorsut or true fundamentals?

In his introduction to chapter Chelek, Maimonides stated thirteen principles of faith (or fundments of religion). The third principle is to exclude any materiality or similarity to materiality from ...
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Machir entering Israel

Related to The age of Machir's Sons the Stone edition on Bamidbar 32:40, when discussing the textual reference to Machir says that the text means Machir's descendants. But then it says, Ramban ...
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What is "B'Nachat" in the Igeret HaRamban

the Igeret HaRamban starts off: "תִּתְנַהֵג תָּמִיד לְדַבֵּר כָּל דְּבָרֶיךָ בְּנַחַת, לְכָל אָדָם וּבְכָל עֵת, וּבַזֶּה תִּנָּצֵל מִן הַכַּעַס" what does the word "b'nachat" mean in this context. ...
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Miracles through natural means

I've heard it said that both Ramban and Rambam believed that Hashem causes miracles to occur through natural means, but I've never seen this. What exactly do they (and other significant Rabbonim) say ...
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How to attain Humility

In the beginning of the Ramban's letter to his son, he talks about the importance of not getting angry, and that this will lead to humility. He says that a person should "speak gently to all people ...
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Who is "הנגד" that the Ramban is referring to?

The Ramban in Sefer Bereishis, Perek 17, Passuk 1, ד״ה א-ל שקי quotes Rebbi Avraham (the Ibn Ezra) who says something in the name of ״הנגד״ . The words of the Ramban are: ״ורבי אברהם יפרשו בשם הנגד ...
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Indexed Hilchos Niddah of the Ramban

At the end of the Chiddushei HaRamban on maseches Niddah, there is a small concise summary of the Ramban's halachic conclusions in hilchos niddah. Topics are grouped together in chapters, but there is ...
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Is there an English translation online of the Ramban on Chumash?

The title pretty much says it- I'm looking for an English translation of the Ramban on Chumash online (preferably for free).
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Channukah and Bal Tosif

There are questions on the site which deal with saying Hallel on Channukah but my question seeks a more fundamental insight: The Ramban writes on Devarim 4:2 that a violation of Bal Tosif is creating ...
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How are Birchos Krias Shema blessings on Krias Shema?

The Ramban (Brachos 11b) writes that Birkas Kriyas Shema are blessings over the Mitzva of saying Shema. What's in the text of Birkas Kriyas Shema that has to do with Shema? It talks about angels, ...
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Source for Ramban's perception on death

I read Rav Gifter's biography, where he states the following: The Ramban, in his introduction to Iyov, asks a question: “Why do we cry at a moment of death? “Why do we shed tears? This is the natural ...
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Is belief in Midrashim optional?

The Ramban in Sefer Havikuach (page 32, the bottom of the first column ) asserts with regard to Midrash: מי שיאמין בו טוב. ומי שלא יאמין בו לא יזיק ‏ Whoever believes in it, good, he who does not ...
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Source of Ramban's famous debate

Where can one find the 'disputation of Barcelona' between Pablo Cristiani and the Ramban?
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