ז׳ באדר ה׳תשע״ג (February 17, 2013)
The Kuzari is a classic work of Jewish philosophy, completed in 1140 C.E. by celebrated Jewish poet and philosopher Rabbi Yehudah HaLevi. His goal was to defend Judaism against attacks from philosophers, Christian and Moslem theologians, and Karaites.
The book, broken up into five sections, takes the form of a dialogue between the pagan king of the Khazars and a Jewish scholar who was invited to instruct him in the tenets of the Jewish religion. It is loosely based on the true story of the conversion of the Khazar royalty and aristocracy to Judaism in the 8th century.
“The Kuzari is holy and pure, and the fundamentals of Israel’s faith and the Torah are contained within.” (Rabbi Elijah, the Gaon of Vilna)
This edition is based on the 1905 translation by Prof. Hartwig Hirschfeld of Jews’ College, London from the original Arabic. However, great efforts have been invested in order to create a work that is accessible to the modern reader.
- Archaic language has been carefully replaced by modern usage.
- The text has been revised and clarified according to the Hebrew translations of R. Yehuda Ibn Tibbon (in 1167), R. Yehuda Kaufman Even-Shmuel (1973), and R. Yitzchak Shilat (2010).
- Long paragraphs, often spanning several pages, have been logically broken up.
- The beginning of each dialogue is marked clearly with a bold font.
- Hebrew words and letters are indicated by italics.
- Hebrew characters in the section on Hebrew grammar have been transliterated.
- The Table of Contents is expanded and fully linked.
- In addition to Prof. Hirschfeld’s extensive introduction, this edition includes introductory notes about Rabbi Yehudah HaLevi and a summary of the central arguments of The Kuzari.
Over the past 900 years, much of the science and Aristotelian philosophy that Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi so valiantly combated in his classic work The Kuzari are no longer relevant. But many of the book’s major themes – such as the limitations of philosophy and human logic, the special mission of the Jewish people, the centrality of the Land of Israel – as well as his brilliant parables – are as important as ever.
“The Kuzari: Arguments in Defense of Judaism” by Yehudah Halevi – Hartwig Hirschfeld (Translator), Chanan Morrison (Translator) is available for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad with free Amazon app (download app – here), get Amazon app for BlackBerry – here, for Android – here and for PC – here
Format: Kindle Edition
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Published: February 04, 2012
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