By Abraham P. Socher
With outstanding chutzpa and deep philosophical seriousness, Solomon ben Joshua of Lithuania renamed himself after his medieval highbrow hero, Moses Maimonides. Maimon was once might be the main magnificent and positively the main arguable determine of the late-eighteenth century Jewish Enlightenment. He scandalized rabbinic gurus, embarrassed Moses Mendelssohn, provoked Kant, charmed Goethe, and encouraged Fichte, between others. this can be the 1st learn of Maimon to combine his idiosyncratic philosophical idealism along with his well known autobiography, and together with his early unpublished exegetical, mystical, and Maimonidean paintings in Hebrew. In doing so, it illuminates the highbrow and non secular probabilities open to a ecu Jew on the flip of the eighteenth century.