Maimonides on Exodus

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Last year, we hosted a series of the Biblical Maimonides on the book of Exodus, by R. Alec Goldstein. Only the first post remains online. The series has been edited, updated and published in book format: link

Rabbi Moses son of Maimon, known in Hebrew as Rambam and English as Maimonides (1135-1204), is one of the great luminaries of Judaism whose contributions can hardly be overstated. Though he never authored a linear commentary, he freely quotes biblical verses throughout all of his writings.

The Biblical Maimonides on Exodus is the culmination of an exhaustive endeavor to identify where Maimonides quotes or alludes to a biblical passage.  This work arranges those comments in the order that the verses appear in the Torah.

This work also draws on the great critics and defenders of Maimonides, and those debates are examined in depth. Some questions that are explored include:

Are Jews commanded to believe in God?
How is Pharaoh’s loss of free will justified?
What is the meaning of the cryptic phrase “I am that I am”?
What does it mean that God tests the Jewish people?
What is the purpose of the Passover offering?
What is the purpose of the tabernacle?

On these and many other questions, the answers of Maimonides are explored side-by-side with Rashi, Ra’avad, Nahmanides (Ramban), Kuzari, Seforno, and countless others.

You can purchase the book here: link

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link of New Jersey, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and as Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazine and the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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