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A friend of mine once claimed that Rav Yosef Caro didn't have access to Rambam's Sefer HaMitzvos. It's apparently evident from comments he makes in Beis Yosef and Kessef Mishnah. I was hoping to see some examples where this is evident.

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Perhaps he meant to share the claim regarding a number of Rishonim.

From Halachipedia

There's a debate regarding if specific Rishonim such as the Samag, Maggid Mishneh, and Migdal Oz saw the Sefer HaMitzvot, as it wasn't translated from Arabic to Hebrew for some time. Later Acharonim culled lists of instances in which each of them cites the Sefer HaMitzvot to dispel those claims.[38]

Regarding your friend's, claim, I wonder how tenable it is given R' Yosef Karo had all these Rishonim.

Also, a quick search on Bar Ilan for "ספר המצות" in Kesef Mishneh, Beit Yosef, and Avkat Rochel yield over a hundred results. True, some are for the ספר מצות גדול\קטן, there are a bunch that clearly are citing the Rambam in the sefer and in the shorashim.

  • Didn't Rav Yosef Caro know Arabic? Also, wasn't Sefer HaMitzvos translated by ibn Tibbon in Rambam's lifetime? – robev Mar 12 at 17:58
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    Those are also good reasons to say this claim is incorrect. – MDjava Mar 12 at 18:01
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    Indeed, SH was translated durring the Rabmams lifetime. In his responsa he even directs non arabic speakers to it – Mbrevda Mar 12 at 18:08

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