The final chapter of the book is devoted to Jewish philosophy, notably that of Avicebron (Solomon ibn Gabirol
) and Moses Maimonides.
The Andalusian poet and philosopher Solomon ibn Gabirol
supposedly created a golem maidservant to cook his meals and keep house for him.
"Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot," said poet Solomon Ibn Gabirol
Spanish poet Solomon ibn Gabirol
says, "Kings may be judges of the earth, but wise men are the judges of kings." We are in extreme need of an independent and impartial judiciary.
Salanter arranged for the reprinting and popularizing of three texts that he saw as especially important tools: Tikkun Middot ha Nefesh (The Improvement or The Moral Qualities) by Solomon Ibn Gabirol
(eleventh century), (2) Mesillat Yesharim (Path of the Just) by Moshe Chaim Luzzatto (eighteenth century), (3) and Sefer Cheshbon ha Nefesh (Gate of Spiritual Accounting) by Rabbi Menahem Mendel Lefin of Satanow (nineteenth century).
I first came to know Peter Cole as a matchless translator of Hebrew poetry, particularly of the warrior Shmuel HaNagid and the skeptical mystic Solomon Ibn Gabirol
. Those translations were gathered in The Dream of the Poem, a superb volume presenting the Hebrew poetry of Spain from 950 to 1492, and followed by his equally impressive The Poetry of Kabbalah.
(2.) Quoted by Solomon ibn Gabirol
in Selection of Jewels--a collection of adages on various ethical issues
How can I possibly pray to God in 'words that you wrote for me, or that Jesus wrote for me, or that Solomon Ibn Gabirol
wrote for me?
The origins of the so-called "myth of the Pseudo-Empedocles" go back to the nineteenth century, when Solomon Munk and David Kauffmann believed they had found in three sixteenth-century Hebrew kabbalistic texts the fragments of the "Book of Five Substances." On the basis of these fragments, Munk analyzed the thought of the eleventh-century Jewish philosopher Solomon Ibn Gabirol
. The "myth" was then blown into full bloom by Miguel Asin Palacios, who in his Abenmasarra y su Escuela, published in 1914, attempted to show the presence of a Pseudo-Empedoclean tradition in a variety of Arabic Jewish and Muslim texts, continuing all the way into Latin scholasticism.
Selected Poems of Solomon Ibn Gabirol
, translated by Peter Cole.