Solomon Maimon Influence On Religion

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Solomon Maimon was born in Mir and married young at the age of eleven. He then became a father at fourteen, however, he was not the biggest family man. Maimon started studying Hasidism and Jewish mysticism and left his family behind in his mid-twenties to travel to Berlin. He was not allowed inside Berlin, though until twelve years later. Once he was living in Berlin he became friends with Mendelssohn who began helping him with his studies and search for knowledge. Solomon described Jews who were called Hasidim as "those who are distinguished by the exercise of the strictest piety." He describes these Jews as not being able to learn about science that does not come out of the Talmud or other sacred writings. This can be problematic because some Jews such as Maimon wanted to learn more about science and philosophy. Although he, along with others, desperately wanted to know more there was no scientific work being written in Hebrew at this time and the only way to learn was to …show more content…
Children were not taught grammar but rather learned it through the Holy Scriptures which lead to many people not speaking or writing correctly. They also would follow in the footsteps of their teacher 's faith which, Maimon believed, took away the creativity of reading and, in doing so, lost the real meaning of the words. The only language the Jewish community learned, and one of the only things they learned, was Hebrew because other languages were not allowed. Solomon Maimon 's memoir gives us an insight of what life was like in the 1700 's in a different way than many other historical documents. Unlike an account of an event or a picture, Maimon 's memoir gives people a personal look at what it might have been like to be a Jew during his time. It gives his personal thoughts and opinions about his way of life and the laws and restrictions put in place whereas other types of documents would stay impersonal and more detail

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