Rambam in the Laws of Fast Days (4: 7) writes that verses are recited from "Divrei Kabbalah" and from "Kitvei Kodesh" (holy writings).

וּפְסוּקִים מִדִּבְרֵי קַבָּלָה וּמִכִּתְבֵי הַקֹּדֶשׁ

What do these two terms refer to?

Does the former perhaps connote Prophets, while the latter connotes Writings?


I believe that the opposite is true. In the Rambams litterateur דברי קבלה usually refers to the Torah Shebeal Pe (קיבלו במסורת) (although the Rambam view is that Halachot learned from נ''ך is in the status of Drabanan, so he might have referd to them as Divri Kabala as well) while כתבי קודש refers to Torah Shebechtav.

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  • You are correct. Divrei kabbalah in this context is referring to Torah sh'bal Peh. The oral transmission of proper text as transmitted through masorah all the way to the teachings of the Gaonim. – Yaacov Deane Oct 19 '15 at 16:20

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