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To my knowledge, there are two English editions of the Mishneh Torah: the Yale Judaica edition and the Moznaim edition. Furthermore, there exist the Birnbaum (incomplete) and Frankel editions, perhaps others as well of which I am unaware. Which is considered a more exact version?


  • Edition: which Hebrew edition is the basis
  • Faithfulness: which adheres most to the text as given*
  • Annotations: text of annotations (other variants, commentary, interpretation)
  • Legibility (both visual and textual clarity)

*Let us use for example the Artscroll and Soncino editions of Talmud Bavli. The Soncino presents a literal, if somewhat clunky, rendition of the text. On the other hand, Artscroll intersperses its commentary with the translation and obfuscates its faithfulness to follow its own hashkafah.

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There is also a Birnbaum edition from the 40s (although it is incomplete), and there's also an edition by Avraham Finkel which is rather hard to find. – Bachrach44 Aug 5 '14 at 20:01
Thanks, @Bachrach44, I forgot about the Birnbaum edition (presumably due to its incompleteness) and I have never heard of the Finkel edition. – Noach MiFrankfurt Aug 5 '14 at 20:08
Closing until you provide some reasonable metric for evaluating "exactness" or whose considerations thereof you care about. – Double AA Aug 5 '14 at 22:03
@DoubleAA "Which is a more exact version?" is opinion-based. "Which is considered a more exact version?" is fact-based: do a survey of people, ask which is a more exact version, and see what answers you get. Not a good question IMO, as I doubt any did or will conduct such a survey, but not opinion-based. Do not, however, consider this my unofficial vote to reopen. – msh210 Aug 6 '14 at 4:21
@msh210 Considered by whom? Academics? Rashei Yeshiva? Orthodox Jews? All people? – Double AA Aug 6 '14 at 4:24

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