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How come It says Katva instead of Katav and not met instead of Sheyamut?

BH In the introduction of Yad Chazaka it says, כל התורה כתבה משה רבנו קדם שימות בכתב ידו. How come it doesn’t just say, כל התורה כתב משה רבנו קדם שמת בכתב ידו ? What’s the grammatical difference?
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What is the "necessary existence", and what makes it "necessary"?

B"H Often times regarding the first halacha of Yesodei Hatorah chapter 1, I hear from different people that the Rambam is discussing the concept of G-d as a "necessary existence" as ...
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According to Rambam, does rape fall within the Noahide prohibition against theft or not?

I am an Italian Noahide. In Mishneh Torah-Hilchot Melachim 9:9, Rambam says (English translation by Tav Eliyahu Touger): "A Noahide is liable for violating the prohibition against theft whether ...
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Yemeni manuscripts about the Hebrew expression - in Mishneh Torah Hilchot Avodah Zarah 9:4 - translated as "idolaters"

I am an Italian Noahide. in Mishneh Torah Hilchot-Avodah Zarah 9:4-, Rambam states that Christians are idolaters. Now, in various editions of the work, including the one available on the Chabad ...
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Rambam Mishneh Torah handbook

Rambam’s Mishneh Torah is filled with particular words and phrases used repeatedly. It’s also organized in a very particular fashion. Both the word choice and the structure are used deliberately. ...
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Is there a hadran text recited upon completing the Rambam's Mishneh Torah?

Is there a set text for a siyum upon completion of the Mishneh Torah? Perhaps something like the Hadran said upon completion of a masechet of Talmud.
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Why is Avraham Avinu referred to as “the pillar of the world”?

In Mishneh Torah (Hilchot Avoda Zara V’Chukat HaGoyim 1:2), Rambam writes as follows: ועל דרך זה היה העולם הולך ומתגלגל עד שנולד עמודו של עולם והוא אברהם אבינו: “The world continued in this way ...
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What is the point of confessing before the meal on Erev Yom Kippur according to the Rambam?

The Rambam (Hilchos Teshuvah 2:7) writes that the reason why one should recite the Vidui on Erev Yom Kippur before the meal is that he might choke (heaven forbid) during the meal. The question is: if ...
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Where to Find Original Manuscripts Of Mishne Torah

I have a couple versions of books from Mishne Torah: some of them are from Mishne Torah HaRav Kook edition, and the other book I have is Mishne Torah Hashalem Edition and it says there that it is ...
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Numbering of Halachot in Mishneh Thora

Shalom I am a Noahide studying publications concerning the Noahide covenant. I have noticed that references to the Mishneh Torah by the Rambam always come with two different numbers for the Halacha, ...
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Why does Rambam hil. Shiggagos 2:5 bring examples?

B"H Rambam, in the book of Karbanos, laws of Shiggagos, chapter 2 law 5 says: "5 If one inadvertently committed one transgression, but there are two persons involved and he is unaware of the ...
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Is there a halachic difference between the "tzadikei" ("righteous") and the "chasidei" ("pious") umot ha Olam?

I am an Italian Noahide. Rambam, in his Mishneh Torah, says that the "pious among the Nations" ("chasidei umot ha Olam") have part in the World to Come (Hilchot Teshuvah 3:5; ...
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Why does Rambam mention cities of refuge in separate halacha than Bilaam etc.?

B"H The Rambam in the beginning of the laws of kings chapter 11 brings the proofs from the Torah for how we know Moshiach. The first proof is a verse from the Torah saying Hashem will "...
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Rambam's example for teshuva

Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Hilchos Teshuva 2:1: For example, a person engaged in illicit sexual relations with a woman. Afterwards, they met in privacy, in the same country, while his love for her and ...
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Apparently contradicting passages of the Mishneh Torah

I would like to have, if possible, a clarification of two passages of the Mishneh Torah in apparent contradiction. In Sefer Nashim, Hilchot Ishut 3,11 Rambam expressly speaks of a lawful consecration ...
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Hebrew Dictionary for Mishneh Torah

I’m looking for a dictionary which contains words that one would find in The Rambam’s Mishneh Torah, not Biblical Hebrew. Any suggestions would be helpful.
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Rationale choice of professions when assessing damages

Rambam Nezikin Chovel uMazzik 2:11 states anent damages If he caused him to lose a limb or cut off his hand, he must pay him full compensation for his hand; this being "damages." In this ...
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Rambam's MT chapters without Biblical founding Mitzvhas

IIRC, The 14 books of MT are all based on Rambam's systematization of the 613 Mitzvos. Most chapters start with the list of the founding Mitzvos from which the rest of the Halochos follow. For example,...
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Righteous men in the Ir ha-nidachat

Rambam, in Hilchot Avodah Zarah 4:6, dealing with the subverted city, covers several scenarios: If a minority of the city consists of idol-worshippers, they’re stoned and that’s it. If a majority of ...
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Where can I get the Mishnah Torah in English in plain text, open source?

I want to upload and maintain various texts in English in plain text format for wikisource: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Portal:Judaism In particular, I am looking for the Mishnah Torah in English. ...
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Two commentaries on the ir ha-nidachat

The Chabad translation of Mishneh Torah includes an editor's note to Hilchot Avodat Kochavim 4 saying: There is a unique dimension to the laws of an עיר הנדחת that is not found in regard to any of ...
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Where is the Hasagat Haraavad on Internet?

Rambam Shabbat 4.1-2 about the Din of Hatmana. The Rishonim cite an Hasaga of the Raavad, but it's not in the Sifre Rambam. I found it here ראב"ד א"א מעולם לא נראו ולא נשמעו תהפוכות כאלה ...
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Rav Kapach's commentary on the eighth chapter of Rambam's Mishneh Torah-Hilchot Teshuvah

I am an Italian ben Noach. In the discussion Does Rambam hold of eternal punishment? I have read, in the user Alex's message, that according to Rav Kapah Rambam, in the eighth chapter of the Hilchot ...
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Mishne Torah Kings and Wars Ch.6

Hi I am posting my question again because the old post is closed, but I edited my question to avoid problems: Mishne Torah,Kings and Wars Ch. 6: "War is not conducted against anyone in the world ...
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7 Mitzwot and Gentiles in Hell for the Sins of Israel

I have a few questions: It is said that Hashem is the God of ALL people. But then how can it be that many Jewish sages destined non-Jews for "hell"? I picked out a few examples for you: (...
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"Censorship" via not translating verses from the Torah - Rambam

In hilchot Tefillah (12:12) in the Mishneh Torah, the Rambam outlines certain passages in the Torah that a metargem is not allowed to translate in public. Seemingly, in the time of the Rambam, a ...
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The twelve months not necessarily be observed? [closed]

According to various rabbinic sources, after an engagement twelve months (one year) must follow for effective coexistence (Nisuin): Talmud, mKetubot 5,2; 57b; mNedarin 10.5 but also Mishneh Torah, ...
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Scan Mishneh Torah

I'm looking a scan (photo) of paper (Mishneh Torah, Sefer Nashim, Ishut 3,11) translated by the rabbi Rabbi Eliyahu Touger. Can someone please send me this page? I need it for a translation comparison-...
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Sources for the Rambam's hierarchy of angels

Traditional meforshim of Yechezkel 1 (for example, the Malbim) explain that the three often-mentioned classes of angels (ofanim, chayos and seraphim) correspond to the notions of the 3 lower worlds (...
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Source for this Rambam quote?

I am looking for a source for the quote below. I assume it is the Mishneh Torah but have no basis for such belief. The quote (roughly translated by a non-Jewish “quotes” website) is: One should see ...
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Idols made by robots/machines

Maimonides says in Avodat Kochavim, Chapter Eight: It is permitted to derive benefit from anything that has not been manipulated by man or that was not made by man, even though it was worshiped [as a ...
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Rambam Hilchot Melachim 10:9 Translation

I would like to share with you two different English translations of the same passage(s) from the above Halacha: עַכּוּ''ם שֶׁעָסַק בַּתּוֹרָה חַיָּב מִיתָה. (...) וְאִם עָסַק בַּתּוֹרָה אוֹ שָׁבַת ...
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Sources used by Maimonides in Mishneh Torah-Avodat Kochavim 1:1

In Mishneh Torah-Avodat Kochavim 1:1 Rambam states: "During the times of Enosh, mankind made a great mistake, and the wise men of that generation gave thoughtless counsel. Enosh himself was one ...
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What is the halachic source that allows the king of Israel to acquire a pilegesh through yichud alone?

In Mishneh Torah-The Laws of Kings 4:4 Rambam says: (The king of Israel) may take wives and pilagshim from the entire territory of Eretz Yisrael. The term 'wives' implies women who were married with ...
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Clarifications on Mishneh Torah (Ishut 10:16)

הַמְאָרֵס אֶת בִּתּוֹ קְטַנָּה וּתְבָעָהּ הַבַּעַל לְנִשּׂוּאִין. בֵּין הִיא בֵּין אָבִיהָ יְכוֹלִין לְעַכֵּב שֶׁלֹּא תִּנָּשֵׂא עַד שֶׁתַּגְדִּיל וְתֵעָשֶׂה נַעֲרָה וְאִם רָצָה לְכָנְסָהּ כּוֹנֵס. ...
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Translating Maggid Mishneh (Issurei Biah 12:10)

My previous three questions on this topic dealt with the Rambam's original text, touching upon matters of both translation and interpretation, the two being inexorably linked; in this follow-up, ...
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Learning to read Mishneh Torah

I have taken a number of classes covering Hebrew grammar and basic vocabulary and my proficiency level is basic but sufficient to navigate the Siddur, and with a dictionary (looking up many words) I ...
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Ambiguity in the Rambam: What Types of בָּא Are Covered by the Term?

This is a follow-up to my previous two questions: Within the following excerpt, does the term בָּא (which occurs thrice: twice with one meaning, and once with another), include all possible types of ...
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Ambiguity in the Rambam: Does בְּזָדוֹן Imply Mutual Consent?

This is a follow-up to my previous question: In the following excerpt, does the term בְּזָדוֹן imply mutual consent, or simply a unilateral decision on the part of one of the two people involved, ...
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Ambiguity in the Rambam: Who Is Pursuing Whom?

The following has already been translated, but upon closer examination, something seems amiss: אֲבָל יִשְׂרָאֵל הַבָּא עַל הַכּוּתִית ... כֵּיוָן שֶׁבָּא עַל הַכּוּתִית בְּזָדוֹן הֲרֵי זוֹ נֶהֱרֶגֶת ...
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Ramban’s interpretation of the expression "leshem zenut" in Mishneh Torah-Hilchot Ishut 1: 4

We read in Mishneh Torah-Hilchot Ishut 1:4 “Before the Torah was given, when a man would meet a woman in the marketplace, and he and she desired, he could give her payment, engage in relations with ...
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Was Moses really angry or pretending?

The Rambam said in his Mishneh Torah that it's sometimes useful to act angry: If one desires to instill reverence in his children and his household, or in public if he is the head of a community, and ...
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Maggid Mishnah on relying on approximations for π and √2

In a previous discussion, it was stated: The Maggid Mishnah in Hilchos Shabbos (17:26) says that one may rely on π=3, but he says in Hilchos Eiruvin (3:2) that one may not rely on √2=1.4. I can't ...
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Contradiction in Maimonides?

Maimonides felt that G-d is transcendent, that G-d has no body and is one, though we cannot attribute any description to G-d. At best, we can say what G-d is not. Thus it is impossible to describe G-d ...
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Is there a list of important sugyos in the mishneh Torah [closed]

I heard Rav Lichtenstein made a list of important sugyos in the mishneh Torah to learn. Does anyone have it or something similar?
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Rav Yosef Karo's Kesef Mishneh: is there online an English translation?

Do you know of online an English translation of Rav Yosef Karo's Kesef Mishneh? Unless I'm mistaken, it is a fundamental work to better understand the Mishneh Torah.
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Resources for learning the shorshei mitzvos of the Rambam

The Rambam lays down 14 principles, which he terms shorshei mitzvos, to determine which mitzvos are part of the 613. Besides the commentaries in the standard Mishne Torah, are there any other books ...
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Are there any contradictions between the Rambam's Mishneh Torah and his Moreh Nevuchim?

The Rambam wrote the Mishneh Torah before he wrote the Moreh Nevuchim. This led me to wonder if he changed his mind on certain topics that might be reflected by an apparent contradiction between the ...
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No atonement for adultery without punishment?

If I understand correctly, proper teshuva for sins between man and G-d removes punishment (Hilchot Teshuvah 2:9): Neither repentance nor the Day of Atonement atone for any save for sins committed ...
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Can a yeshiva be holier than Beis Hamikdosh?

Rambam in his Mishneh Torah (Prayer and the Priestly Blessing 11:14) states that a hall of study is holier than a synagogue. This raises an interesting question if a hall of study can be holier than ...
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