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DAVIS The restatementof the ThirteenPrinciplesin SeferHadratQodeshmakes certainadditionsto the Maimonideantext. "37 In the commentary,Simeon b. For example, suggestsa more sophisticatedunderstanding he explainshow the principleof divine unity(the secondprinciple)does not rule out divine attributesof action. He quotes Maimonides'parablefor the from the same period are the anonymousSefer 'AlilotDevarimand VidalBenveniste'sSefer Eferve-Dinah. 33. B. also his gematriyoton the numberthirteen:pp. 33b, 34a.

I mustthanktheMemorialFoundationforJewishCulture, whichgenerouslysupportedmy researchin 1987-1989. 1. After 1550,therewas a certainamountof philosophicalwritingamongAshkenazicJews; see Davis, "R. Yom Tov LipmanHeller,"pp. 121-127. Beforethattherewas none at all; but cf. n. 12 below. AJSReview18/2(1993):195-222 195 196 JOSEPHM. DAVIS Jewish cultureand its philosophyin medieval Spanishand Mediterranean near-totalabsencefrommedievalAshkenazicculture. This has been the subjectof two majorstudies,whichhave come, however,to opposedconclusions.

Shohet,"Beirurimbe-farashatha-pulmusha-rishon 'al sifrei ha-Rambam,"Zion 36 (1971): 27-60; and esp. BernardSeptimus,Hispano-Jewish Societyin Transition:The Careerand Controversiesof R. , 1980), pp. 49-51, 57-59, 76-79, 82. Forthe primaryliterature,see (1) the letterof R. Samsonof Sens in R. , Jerusalem,1967),pp. 136-137;(2) theletterof twoNorthern Frenchrabbis,R. Samuelb. Solomonof Falaiseandhis brotherIsaacb. Solomon,publishedby Shatzmillerin "Li-Temunat p. 139;(3) the letterof Samuelb. AbrahamSaporta ha-mahloqet," to theNorthernFrenchrabbis,printedin S.

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