The Thirteen Principles

“The outstanding medieval Jewish philosopherMaimonides (Moses ben Maimon; or Rambam, from the initials of Rabbi Moses ben Maimon), 1135-1204, was physician to the Sultan Saladin and communal leader of Egyptian Jewry, as well as an important figure in the codification of Jewish law. His formulation of the basic principles of Judaism in a series of 13 creedal affirmations, in the hope of clarifying the differences … Continue reading The Thirteen Principles

Mishneh Torah

Structure of the 14 Books Mechon Mamre’s translation I have seen fit to divide this work into fourteen books: RaMBaM’s Complete Restatement of the Oral Law. Book 1  I include in it all the commandments that are the basic principles of the religion of Moshe [Moses] Our Teacher, which one needs to know at the outset–such as recognizing the unity of the Holy One blessed be He … Continue reading Mishneh Torah

Mishneh Torah

בְּשֵׁם ה’, אֵל עוֹלָם (בראשית כא,לג) In the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God (Genesis 21,33) THE COMPLETE RESTATEMENT OF THE ORAL LAW (Mishneh Torah) The Law as it should actually be practiced by all in our day by the Master Teacher Moshe son of Maimon (also known as RaMBaM or Maimonides) in Hebrew according to the Yemenite manuscripts and English as prepared by … Continue reading Mishneh Torah

Mishneh Torah

Positive Commandments א  מִצְוָה רִאשׁוֹנָה מִמִּצְווֹת עֲשֵׂה, לֵידַע שֶׁיֵּשׁ שָׁם אֱלוֹהַּ, שֶׁנֶּאֱמָר “אָנֹכִי ה’ אֱלֹהֶיךָ” (שמות כ,ב; דברים ה,ו). 1  The first of the positive commandments is to know that there exists God, as it is written “I am the LORD, thy God” (Exodus 20,2; Deuteronomy 5,6). ב  לְיַחֲדוֹ, שֶׁנֶּאֱמָר “ה’ אֱלֹהֵינוּ, ה’ אֶחָד” (דברים ו,ד). 2  To acknowledge His Oneness, as it is written “the LORD … Continue reading Mishneh Torah

What does the word “leimor” mean?

“Va’eschanan el Hashem b’eis ha’hi leimor.” What does the word “leimor” mean in this context? Ramban writes in Shmos 6:20 that the word “leimor” means to articulate clearly, as opposed to “amira m’supekes.” “Vayidaber Hashem el Moshe leimor” means (according to Ramban) that Hashem gave Moshe some message and charged him with the task of articulating it clearly to Bnei Yisrael. That makes sense in … Continue reading What does the word “leimor” mean?

Mishneh Torah RaMBaM

THE COMPLETE RESTATEMENT
OF THE ORAL LAW
(Mishneh Torah)

The Law as it should actually be practiced by all in our day
by the Master Teacher Moshe son of Maimon
(also known as RaMBaM or Maimonides)

in Hebrew according to the Yemenite manuscripts
and English as prepared by the staff of Mechon Mamre
Copyright © 2011
by Mechon Mamre,
12 Hayyim Vital St,
Jerusalem, Israel.
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Korbanos A question of approach

Rambam, Moreh Nevuchim (Guide for the Perplexed) 3:32The Torah’s sacrifices replaced the idolatrous practices of the ancients in which Jewish people had been steeped But the well-known custom which was common then, and the general mode of worship in which the Israelites were brought up consisted of sacrificing animals…It was in accordance with the wisdom and plan of God…that God did not command us to … Continue reading Korbanos A question of approach

Dual Standards

Maimonides on Life Dual Standards Chapter 5, Law 7(a) <“The Torah scholar should not scream and cry out when he speaks — as animals. He should not raise his voice excessively. Rather, his speech should be gentle with all people (lit., ‘all creations’). When he speaks gently, he should be careful that he not distance himself until [his speech] resembles that of the arrogant. “He … Continue reading Dual Standards