At the yeshiva high school where I studied when I was young, the curriculum included study of the book "Seder HaVikuach", in which Nachmanides (Ramban), a renowned medieval Rabbinic authority describes a religious debate he conducted in Barcelona in 1263. This disputation was a coerced debate forced upon him by the King James of Aragon regarding whether or not Jesus was the Messiah, with the Christian view represented by Dominican Friar Pablo Christiani, a convert from Judaism. This theological debate continued for three days, after which the Ramban returned to his home in Girona. Today, the trip from Barcelona to Girona takes 38 minutes on an express train, but in those days, the trip took two days by foot. When the Ramban finally arrived home, he found that the local bishop issued a false statement, stating that he had lost the debate, and therefore all Jews of the town must convert to Christianity להמשך קריאה
Hear, my son, the instruction of your father and don't forsake the teaching of your mother (Mishlei 1:8). Get into the habit of always speaking calmly to everyone. This will prevent you from anger, a serious character flaw which causes people to sin. As our Rabbis said (Nedarim 22a):Whoever flares up in anger is subject to the discipline of Gehinnom as it is says in (Koheles 12:10), "Cast out anger from your heart, and [by doing this] remove evil from your flesh." "Evil" here means Gehinnom, as we read (Mishlei 16:4): "…and the wicked are destined for the day of evil." Once you have distanced yourself from anger, the quality of humility will enter your heart.This radiant quality is the finest of all admirable traits (see Avodah Zarah 20b), because (Mishlei 22:4), "Following humility comes the fear of Hashem."
בצעירותנו למדנו בישיבה התיכונית את הספר ״סדר הויכוח״, שבו מתאר הרמב״ן ויכוח דתי שניהל בברצלונה עם כומר נוצרי בשנת 1266. וכמאמר הפזמון: ״מי חלם אז בכיתה כשלמדנו…״ על הרמב״ן, שיום יגיע ואהיה בעירו, גירונה, ואשוטט בסימטאות וברחובות שביניהן התהלך גם הרמב״ן מאות שנים לפניי. להמשך קריאה