Is it the Ramban or Rambam that forbade one from making an attempt to figure an exact date for the arrival of Moshiach?

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    the Gemara in Sanhedrin
    – sam
    Mar 21 '17 at 4:12
  • Also the torah forbids so on a more general note. Mar 21 '17 at 4:46

Rambam writes in Hilkhot Melakhim (12:5) that a person shouldnt reckon the time of the messiah's arrival:

ולעולם לא יתעסק אדם בדברי ההגדות, ולא יאריך בדברי מדרשות האמורים בעניינים אלו וכיוצא בהן...--שאינן מביאין לא לידי אהבה, ולא לידי יראה. וכן לא יחשב הקיצין; אמרו חכמים, תפוח דעתן של מחשבי קיצין. אלא יחכה ויאמין בכלל הדבר, כמו שביארנו

A person should always avoid involving himself in the words of the aggadot and should not spend much time on the words of midrashim that are said in these [eschatological predictions] for they bring to neither love or fear [of God]. And similarly a person shouldn't calculate messianic times. The sages said (cf. Sanhedrin 97b) 'May the minds of those who attempt to determine the time of the messiah's coming expire'. Rather one should wait and believe in the general idea [of the messiah].

He writes similarly in his commentary to Sanhedrin (10:1):

ואין לקבוע לו זמן, ולא לפרש את המקראות כדי להוציא מהן זמן בואו, אמרו חכמים תפוח דעתן של מחשבי קצין.

One should not set a time for the messiah's arrival, not should one explain the verses to derive from them the time of his arrival. The sages said: ''May the minds of those who attempt to determine the time of the messiah's coming expire'.

  • Can you send me a link to his commentary? Mar 21 '17 at 4:55
  • @ChiddusheiTorah done. Scroll down to the bold words the twelfth principle.
    – mevaqesh
    Mar 21 '17 at 4:57

The Rambam in his iggeret teiman cites the gemara in Sanhedrin 97 that curses those who calculate the time of the eschaton.

  • and then offers his prediction in iggeret hashmad! Mar 21 '17 at 15:21

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