What's the reference for the line in the talmud that is about a Jewish apostate being put into a pit?

I know that it gets brought down later in the RAMBAM and Shulchan Aruch.

How are we supposed to understand Rambam's Rotzeach uShmirat Nefesh 4:10?


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You might be thinking of Avoda Zara 26b

אבל המינין והמסורות והמומרים היו מורידין ולא מעלין

But the heretics, and the informers, and the apostates [vehameshummadim] are lowered into a pit, but not raised out of it.

For the Rambam see MT Rotzeach uShmirat Nefesh 4:10, and for Shulchan Aruch see CM 425:5.

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    Hilarious that they uncensored it only in English :)
    – Double AA
    Commented Dec 7, 2021 at 13:23
  • Yes this is interesting. I checked the paper version of the Steinsaltz gemara and it has the uncensored text on both the Aramaic and English side
    – mbloch
    Commented Dec 8, 2021 at 14:30
  • looking at the aramaic, המינין(heretic), והמסורות(informer-מוֹסֵר). mumar(similar to meshumad, some kind of apostate).. (And the aramaic has meshumad plural replaced with/censored to, mumar plural). This link here mentions a little about mumar and meshumad judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/114182/…
    – barlop
    Commented Jul 1, 2022 at 16:32

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