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1-2 (1981): 7-38; idem, "Samuelibn Tibbonand the EsotericCharacterof the Guide of the Perplexed,"AJS Review 6 (1981): 88-123; idem, "Aristotle'sBook of Meteorologyand the Waysof MaimonideanExegesis in the Accountof Creation"[Hebrew], JerusalemStudiesin Jewish Thought9 (1990): 225-249. Ibn Tibbon'ssignificancewas also acknowledgedby GeorgeVajdain his studyof ibn Tibbon'sMa 'amarYiqqavu Ha-Mayimand its refutationby Jacob ben Sheshetin Recherchesur la philosophieet la Kabbaledans la penseejuive du MoyenAge (Paris:Mouton,1962),pp.

Immediately following are some vicious traditions that compare the killing of ammei ha-aretz to the ritual slaughter of beasts, or to profane slaughter,or to filleting a fish! R. He replied,the latterrequiresa benediction,the formerdoes not. .. R. Samuelb. Nahmanisaidin the nameof R. Yohanan,Onemaytearan am ha-aretzlike a fish. SaidR. Samuelb. Isaac,[Thatis], alonghis back... " Furthermore,the ammei ha-aretz are beasts not only because of what and how they eat, but also because of how they have sex, as R.

R. At that time the animalsoul [lit. "6'The explanationof this amongthe enlightenedis that when we set aside a soul for a soul, this is nothingotherthanthe mobilesoul thatwe annihilate[me-kalim]for the intellectualsoul. 62 The eating of the talmid hakham is more God-like because it parallels the God's "annihilation"of animals both in the Flood and, as we shall see, in the animal sacrifices. That enables him to "cook" denser, meatier food/soul substances into refined, intellectual/spiritual"soul"--real 60.

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