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Is there a commentary on Mishneh Torah that connects the Rambam's words to his source in the gemara? I'm looking for something similar to the Be'er Hagola to the Shulhan Arukh, or an inverse En Mishpat Ner Misvah.

  • One of the better commentators is the Avodat HaMelch which is only extant on Sefer Mada. There is also Rav Kafih's awesomely comprehensive commentary to the MT (although this does not focus exclusively on sourcing). One important feature of his commentary, is that it differentiates between the Talmud, and Rashi and Tosafot. While this seems obvious, many commentators are so used to reading the Geamara like Rashi and Tosafot, that they fail to realize that the source for Rambam may be a differing reading of the same Gemara. – mevaqesh May 29 '16 at 14:54
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  1. The Rashash wrote a comment called מקורי הרמב"ם here
  2. In the Rambam Fraenckel edition you can find all mekorot here.
  3. In the Rambam Hashalem moreh shiur of Chabad there is a fine work with sources of each statememt in rambam here
  4. An other very interesting book is the book of Rav Menachem Casher about the midrashe Halacha used by the Rambam here
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    None of these editions use the more accurate critical texts like those of Mori Kafiẖ or Mifa'al Mishneh Torah, rather, they're based on the somewhat corrupted Vilna editions. – Noach MiFrankfurt May 29 '16 at 12:55
  • @NoachmiFrankfurt thats מארי קאפח; not מורי קאפח; common Ashkenazi variation. – mevaqesh May 29 '16 at 14:40
  • @mevaqesh, Temanim still pronounce it Mori. FWIW, I don't do the more common Ashkenazi mistake of pronouncing his family name as Kapach. – Noach MiFrankfurt May 29 '16 at 15:40
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Between the מגיד משנה and מגדל עז, both printed in virtually all modern prints of the משנה תורה, at least one shows the source for most statements.

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