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Judah Loew ben Bezalel

1512 - 1609

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Judah Loew ben Bezalel (Hebrew: יהודה ליווא בן בצלאל; between 1512 and 1526 – 17 September 1609), also known as Rabbi Loew (alt. Löw, Loewe, Löwe or Levai), the Maharal of Prague (Hebrew: מהר״ל מפראג), or simply the Maharal (the Hebrew acronym of "Moreinu ha-Rav Loew", 'Our Teacher, Rabbi Loew'), was an important Talmudic scholar, Jewish mystic, and philosopher who, for most of his life, served as a leading rabbi in the cities of Mikulov in Moravia and Prague in Bohemia. Within the world of Torah and Talmudic scholarship, Loew is known for his works on Jewish philosophy and Jewish mysticism and his work Gur Aryeh al HaTorah, a supercommentary on Rashi's Torah commentary. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Judah Loew ben Bezalel has received more than 453,033 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Judah Loew ben Bezalel is the 239th most popular philosopher (down from 238th in 2019), the 89th most popular biography from Poland and the 7th most popular Polish Philosopher.

Judah Loew ben Bezalel is most famous for his creation of the golem.

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Among philosophers, Judah Loew ben Bezalel ranks 239 out of 1,081Before him are Benjamin Constant, Michael Psellos, Al-Jahiz, Josef Breuer, Iamblichus, and Shen Kuo. After him are Epimenides, Nikolai Berdyaev, Guy Debord, François Fénelon, Apollodorus of Athens, and Ivan Illich.

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Among people born in 1512, Judah Loew ben Bezalel ranks 5Before him are Gerardus Mercator, Catherine Parr, James V of Scotland, and Henry, King of Portugal. After him are Manco Inca Yupanqui, Niccolò dell'Abbate, Devlet I Giray, Robert Recorde, Diego Laynez, Mikołaj "the Red" Radziwiłł, and Sibylle of Cleves. Among people deceased in 1609, Judah Loew ben Bezalel ranks 3Before him are Annibale Carracci and Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany. After him are Jacobus Arminius, Joseph Justus Scaliger, Carolus Clusius, Federico Zuccari, Gasparo da Salò, John William, Duke of Jülich-Cleves-Berg, Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi, and Yi San-hae.

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Among people born in Poland, Judah Loew ben Bezalel ranks 89 out of 1,454Before him are Egon Krenz (1937), Ladislaus I of Hungary (1046), Johannes Hevelius (1611), Krzysztof Penderecki (1933), Anton Denikin (1872), and Kurt Alder (1902). After him are Dziga Vertov (1896), Isidor Isaac Rabi (1898), Friedrich Bergius (1884), Ulrich Beck (1944), Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski (1899), and Alfred von Tirpitz (1849).


Among philosophers born in Poland, Judah Loew ben Bezalel ranks 7Before him are Arthur Schopenhauer (1788), Johann Gottfried Herder (1744), Ernst Cassirer (1874), Christian Wolff (1679), Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768), and Jakob Böhme (1575). After him are Alfred Tarski (1901), Günther Anders (1902), Paul Tillich (1886), Heinrich Rickert (1863), Leszek Kołakowski (1927), and Chaïm Perelman (1912).