Muelhausen, Yom Tov Lipmann

(14–15th century)
   Prague rabbi. Muelhausen was ordered to take part in a public disputation in Prague about 1389 on the charge that Judaism consistently blasphemed against Christianity. His defence, aided by his knowledge of Christian works in Latin, secured his release, but the eighty other Jews arrested on the same charge were put to death. The arguments of the disputation were summarized in his major work, ‘The Book of Triumph’ (Sefer ha-Nitzachon). Circulated in manuscript for many years, the book was not printed until 1644. In 1407 Muelhausen was appointed ‘judge of the Jews’ in Prague, an office which made him the representative of his community. He also wrote books on Jewish law, the Cabbala and philosophy, and was responsible for the diffusion of MAIMONIDES’ Guide of the Perplexed in Bohemia and Poland.

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