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Tomb of Maimonides (1135-1204)

Rabbi Moses Maimonides, the Rambam (Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon) is considered among the greatest Jewish sages.

On his gravestone is inscribed: “From Moshe [Moses] to Moshe [Maimonides] there was none like Moshe”.

Despite a difficult life—he was continually forced to flee the prevailing Moslem persecution of Jews in North Africa—Maimonides authored several landmark works that provide a cornerstone of knowledge in every area of Torah study and Jewish life.

He was also a physician to Saladin, the Muslim ruler of Egypt.

The Rambam’s greatest contribution is his famed magnum opus, the codification of Jewish Law, the Mishneh Torah.

The walkway to the grave is symbolic: seven columns on both sides are inscribed with the names of the Mishneh Torah’s fourteen books. A large metal structure over the complex represents a crown, indicating the great respect Jewish tradition accords Maimonides.

Maimonides passed away in Egypt and his remains were transported to Israel as was his wish. According to legend, as his coffin was led to Israel, it was attacked by robbers who tried unsuccessfully to remove the valuables. Realizing that it contained a very holy man, they 46 let the now-unmanned camel continue on its way. It stopped at the site of the Rambam’s final resting place near the gravesite of the holy Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakai and his five students.

Next to the Rambam rests his illustrious father and teacher, Rabbi Maimon.