Tag: Rambam

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mishneh Torah

Negative Commandments 1  The first of the negative commandments is not to entertain the thought that there is any god but the LORD, as it is written “thou shalt have no other gods” (Exodus 20,2; Deuteronomy 5,6). 2  Not to make a graven image, neither to make oneself […]

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 […]

Mishneh Torah RaMBaM

(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
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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 […]

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 […]

Maimonides, Laws of De’os

The Way of the Wise Chapter 5, Law 1(a) “Just as a wise man is distinct in his wisdom and his character traits, and he stands apart from others regarding them, so too he must be distinct in his deeds, in his eating, in his drinking, in his […]

Tefillin and Mezuzot

Checking Tefillin and Mezuzot During the Month of Elul The month of Elul is meant as a time of self-introspection for the entire Jewish nation. It is therefore customary to pay attention to which Tefillin and Mezuzot need checking and to have them checked at this time. The […]