Rambam's Royal Authors
Our Sages of the Talmud (Tractate Gittin 62a) talk about another type of king… it’s called the Rabanan – the teachers or what we call Rabbis.
Indeed, the Rabbi-teachers that have the most influence are the ones who wrote books. And which Jewish author would you guess is the “king” of authors? If you said the Rambam, Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, you are 100% correct!
Indeed, the Rambam’s Mishneh Torah book (we’ve mentioned the Rambam and his books many times) is so popular that, believe it or not, there are hundreds of commentaries explaining the Mishneh Torah!
Around 1700, a great author, Rabbi Yehudah Rosanas from Constantinople, Turkey (1657-1727), wrote his commentary on the Mishneh Torah. It was called Mishneh LaMelech – meaning the ‘Mishneh (book) for the King.’ Which king? The Rambam of course!
From then on, the name Melech was used in many other commentaries of the Rambam.
To name a few:
Kiryas Melech Rav – Rabbi Yehuda Navon of Turkey (?-1761), whose father, Rabbi Efraim Navon was a student of Rabbi Yehudah Rosanas.
Chaim U’Melech – Rabbi Chaim Palachi (1788-1868), also from Turkey.
Yad HaMelech – Rabbi Elazer Landau (1800s), grandson of the famous Rabbi Yechezkel Landau, of Poland, known as the Nodeh BeYudah. BTW: The Landau family were able to trace their lineage to Rashi!
Avodas HaMelech – Rabbi Menachem Krakowski (passed away in Vilna, in 1930). His young nephew at the time, the famous Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik from Boston, actually helped his uncle write his book.