Miscellaneous | Jewish Life

Jews Around the World to Complete Study of Maimonides’ Works

42nd study cycle concludes April 22, with major celebrations also taking place on Lag BaOmer

Miscellaneous | Judaism

20 Maimonides Facts You Should Know

1. He Was Born Into a Prestigious Spanish Family

Maimonides was born circa 1135, in Cordoba, in the Andalusia region of Spain. His family traced their ancestry to the compiler of the Mishnah, Rabbi Yehudah HaNassi, and through him, to King David.1 Encouraged by his father—a judge on the Cordoba rabbinical court and a student of the famed Ri Migash—he pursued studies in Jewish law, philosophy, and medicine.