By Gianfranco Miletto, Giuseppe Veltri
Judah ben Joseph Moscato (c.1533-1590) was once essentially the most uncommon rabbis, authors, and preachers of the Italian-Jewish Renaissance. His selection of sermons, Sefer Nefuṣot Yehudah, belongs to the very centre of his very important homiletic and philosophical oeuvre. Composed in Mantua and released in Venice in 1589, the gathering of fifty two sermons addresses the topic of the Jewish gala's, concentrating on philosophy, mysticism, sciences, and rites. This quantity concludes the interpretation of the sermons and contains monographic stories approximately Moscato's library, philosophical importance with an additional Appendix containing his poetical compositions.
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S. S. et pregarle da Dio ogni contentezza. Di Goito a di giugno . S. S. ch’il sudetto Leone Moscato è stato castigato un’altra volta per simile subordinatione come essa potrà havere informatione dal. S. fiscale. mo Tullio Petrozanni. . Archivio di Stato di Mantova, Archivio Gonzaga b. , c. A. S. S. per fine le mani et raccomandandomi in questa sua. Di Gonzaga a di luglio . S. . Archivio di Stato di Mantova, Archivio Gonzaga , c. re Sig. mio osservandissimo Sabato passato feci dar un giro di corda ad Abramino dall’Arpa per chiarir s’egli fosse stato sedotto da Leone Moscato ma non havendo cavato cosa buona lo feci ridur in prigione con le finestre serrate.
The rest of the sermon explains the Midrash, its relevance to the day on which it was pronounced (Simhat . Torah), and its implications for Jewish observance. It first establishes the mathematical basis of music as a science for measuring intervals: consonances are defined by their harmonic ratios. The science of music was thought to have been introduced by the Greeks, though wrongly so: the Hebrews were its inventors (I: –). God is the perfect embodiment of music in His essence, as reflected in His creation of all heavenly bodies and creatures: the nine spheres resonate with music and the angels intone their songs (I: – ).
Nevertheless, it is possible to describe God indirectly and to specify what He is not; this is in line with the via negativa, which allows for the attribution of “negative attributes” in relation to the divine. Through God’s interaction with creation, man can acknowledge His gracious providence towards his creatures. For this reason, Moses and the men of the Great Assembly permitted the praise of God with three attributes: Great, Mighty, and Awesome. This was in order to teach that He is the source and origin of all perfections, which ultimately emanate from Him.
Judah Moscato Sermons: Edition and Translation (Studies in Jewish History and Culture) by Gianfranco Miletto, Giuseppe Veltri