Saturday, October 24, 2009

Censorship, from Maimonides


Regarding King Chizkiyah's decision to conceal the "Book of Cures" of his day:

"There are practices that Gd has forbidden, but that one may study and analyze, for Gd only said, 'Do not learn to practice them,' and our tradition-based understanding, recorded in the Talmud in Sanhedrin 68, is that one may learn them in order to analyze and teach.

"However, when people destroyed their path and began to cure themselves through these means, he removed the practices and hid them away."

(Commentary of Rambam to Mishnah Pesachim, Chapter 4)

Have a great day,

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