Seder Kodshim is composed of largely currently non-applicable laws, relating to sacrifices and the running of the Temple.

The Rambam wrote on Kodshim. So did Rashi and the Ba'alei Tosefos. To the best of my knowledge, we do not have Ramban, Rashba, Ritva, or Ran on Kodshim.

What other Rishonim wrote novelae or codified halacha of Kodshim?

(Motivation: I am wondering how many Rishonim I can bring as examples of having spent time on something which was not, in their lifetime, practically applicable.)

  • Check out Keneset Rishonim. Even if they didn't publish with that title they spent time learning about it.
    – Double AA
    Commented Feb 18, 2015 at 23:30
  • How about we compile a list in a community wiki answer?
    – Fred
    Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 0:07
  • @Fred started. Feel free to add. Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 0:27

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Including those listen in the question, those who wrote on Kodshim include:

  • Rashi (11th century)
  • Maimonides (12th century
  • Tosefos:
    • Rabbeinu Yaakov (ר"י)
    • Rabbeinu Yitzchok Ben Asher HaLevi (ריב"א)
  • Rabbeinu Gershom comments on seven tractates: Bechoros, Kerisus, Me'ila, Temura, Chullin, Menachos, and Arachin.
  • The Shita Mekubetzes writes on all tractates including the recently published Chullin
  • The Aguda


  • On Chullin: Rif (along with Ba'al Hama'or, Ran, Nimukei Yosef, Ramban, the Milchamos, Rabbeinu Yehonasan), Rabbeinu Chanan'el, Rashba, Ritva, Ran, Tosafos HaRosh, Riv'van, Meiri, Rosh, Hagahos Ashri, Mordechai, Or Zarua', Piskei Rid, R' Yehuda HaKohein, R' Menachem Mendel Kloizner, (also, a few remarks by the Ra'avad on the Rif here, as well as on Zevachim and Menachos)

  • On Menachos (התכלת): Rif, Rabbeinu Yehonasan, Nimukei Yosef, Rosh, Hagahos Ashri, Mordechai, Or Zarua'

  • On Menachos: Piskei Rid

  • On Bechoros: Rosh, Piskei Rid, Ramban, Maharit Algazi,

  • On Zevachim: Piskei Rid, and "Echad MiGedolei HaRishonim"

  • On Me'ila: "Shenei Peirushim Kadmonim"

  • On Arachin: "Echad MiGedolei HaRishonim"

  • On Temura: "Echad MiGedolei HaRishonim"

  • @Fred are those on the Kodshim-related sections of those masechtas (as opposed to the "yoreh de'ah" sections)? Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 0:31
  • It varies, I think.
    – Fred
    Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 0:34
  • @Fred I assume the Chulin list is primarily Y.D.-ish. Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 0:37
  • Yeah. So the ones on חולין and התכלת were commenting to a large degree on material that was directly relevant to contemporary halacha.
    – Fred
    Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 0:56
  • I don't think Chulin should be on this list.
    – user6591
    Commented May 6, 2015 at 9:59

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