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70 26 Between Worlds R. Judah composed Livenat ha-Sappir and Mikhlal Yofi to teach the first two arts of the trivium, namely, grammar and logic. The introduction to Mikhlal Yofi clearly demonstrates that R. Judah Messer Leon was concerned, perhaps even obsessed, with the ramifications for Jewish communities of the study of logic. R. Judah Messer Leon was familiar with the intense activity in fourteen1th century Provence of Jewish logicians such as R. Levi ben Gerson (Gersonides), R. Calonimus ben Calonimus and R.

77 R. Benjamin asserted that R. Judah's ordination granted only local jurisdiction, and criticized Messer Leon for not consulting with the authorities in the communities to which his decrees were directed. Finally, R. Benjamin doubly criticized R. Judah's method. R. "78 And R.. Judah should have employed education rather than an outright ban which was effectively a form of curse. Only one extant manuscript records the decrees of R. Judah Messer Leon and the opposition of R. Benjamin of Montalcino.

53 The second Jewish degree was Semikhah me-Haverul (ordination of membership), which bestowed the title Haver (member or colleague) of the group on scholars with the lesser rank of la/mid hakham (literally, student of a scholar). The Haver could not teach halakha but did enjoy some social honors. Sephardic talmudic scholars challenged Ashkenazic ordination. R. 54 Other Sephardic scholars, for example Don Isaac Abravanel, ridiculed ordination for imitating the Christian doctorate. 55 Unable to eradicate the Ashkenazic practice entirely, R.

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