Name: Nachmanides, Moshe ben
Acronym: Ramban
Born: 1194 in Gerona, Spain
Died: 1270
Lived In: Spain and Palestine
Major Work: Igeret HaKodesh (devoted to sexual purity) and many other commentaries on the Bible
Biography: He was noted for Talmudic and Bible commentary, love for the Land of Israel, expression of the basic principles of Judaism, kabbalistic insights and respectful criticism of Rashi, Ibn Ezra and Maimonides. He defended Judaism in a dramatic debate in Barcelona in 1263.