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The Rambam, or Maimonides, was a famous 12th century Rabbi, philosopher, and physician. He wrote the Mishneh Torah and the Moreh Nevuchim (Guide to the Perplexed).

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How do we transition to having a legit king so he can become the Messiah? [closed]

"If a king should arise from the House of David who is versed in Torah and engages in Commandments, ... and he enjoins all of Israel to follow in its ways and encourages them to repair its ...
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Is "Maimonides' Introduction to the Mishnah" translated by Avraham Yaakov Finkel a complete translation of Rambam's Hakdama to Mishnayos?

Is "Maimonides' Introduction to the Mishnah" translated by Avraham Yaakov Finkel published by Yeshivath Beth Moshe of Scranton a complete translation of Rambam's Hakdama to Mishnayos?
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Where are the "many times" (פעמים רבות) referred to by Maimonides in his commentary on Mishnah Sotah 3:4? Which statement of בן עזאי?

The Mishnah Sotah 3:4 states: אֵינָהּ מַסְפֶּקֶת לִשְׁתּוֹת עַד שֶׁפָּנֶיהָ מוֹרִיקוֹת וְעֵינֶיהָ בּוֹלְטוֹת וְהִיא מִתְמַלֵּאת גִּידִין, וְהֵם אוֹמְרִים הוֹצִיאוּהָ הוֹצִיאוּהָ, שֶׁלֹּא תְטַמֵּא ...
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Rape perpetrated by an adult male towards a girl under three years of age: halachic framework

In his Mishneh Torah -Issurei Biah 1:13, Rambam states that if a male copulates with a girl under the age of three,also the male,even if he was an adult, is exempt from liability, for the act is not ...
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Rambam and R' Yehuda Halevi

Is there any evidence that Rambam was familiar with the writings of R' Yehuda Halevi? The more concrete the better.
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What's the Halachic status of the Moshiach and "presumed to be the Moshiach"?

"If a king should arise from the House of David who is versed in Torah and engages in Commandments, ... and he enjoins all of Israel to follow in its ways and encourages them to repair its ...
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Rambam's Mishneh Torah - Is a female pure after relations with a minor/gentile/animal?

In Rambam's Mishneh Torah, She'ar Avot haTum'ah, 5:19, it is written: "גְּדוֹלָה שֶׁשָּׁכַב אוֹתָהּ קָטָן פָּחוֹת מִבֶּן תֵּשַׁע [אוֹ עַכּוּ''ם אוֹ בְּהֵמָה] הֲרֵי זוֹ טְהוֹרָה שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר [(...
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Number of times Rosh, Rif, Rambam are quoted in Shulchan Aruch

It is known that the author of the Beis Yosef and Shulchan Aruch based his codes on the rulings of the Rosh, Rif and Rambam, and ruled according to the majority of the three. I was wondering to what ...
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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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Source for Rambam sourcing his writings

Partially related. I have heard a number of times over the years that everything the Rambam wrote was based on some source that he had before him, and therefore when he writes something that we don't ...
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The rite of the Red Heiffer and commentary by Moses Ben Maimon

The rite of the Red Heifer (Numbers 19:2-10) seems to me to be magic. Is my understanding incorrect? Does Moses Ben Maimon have a comment on this topic? Thank you
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Tzafenas Paneach and the conversion of Rus

I heard in a shiur once that Rus' and her sister Orpa's conversion to Judaism was pending. Meaning, when they married Na'ami's sons, they converted. However, since they converted for marriage, it was ...
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Where did Maimonides learn specific Issurey Biah from?

In the Mishnneh Torah, Issurei Biah 1:13 there is a law that does not punish a man who has had forbidden sexual relations with a girl who is under three years of age: "כָּל אִשָּׁה אֲסוּרָה ...
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Contemporary views on the Rambam's diet guide

People say that some of Rambam's laws on health are inaccurate in today's era, because of the body change throughout the generations, and that today some foods are good while they used to be bad and ...
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Betrothal without witnesses? [duplicate]

According to rabbis Walter Jacob and Moshe Zemer (1932-211), engagement through sexual intercourse did not require witnesses, it was sufficient a declaration of the will to marry the woman: "...
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Is this quote really from the Rambam?

Some non-Jewish sources on the internet (eg here) attribute the following quote to the Rambam: Teach thy tongue to say, “I do not know,” and thou shalt progress Does anyone have a source for this?
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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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How do we know the Rambam is so exact?

There are many yeshiva systems and darchei halimud (most famously Brisk) who analyze the Rambam "k'chut hasa'arah" - that is to say, exacting to the point that if the Rambam uses one word, ...
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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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Did Rambam ever refer to the 13 Principles in his other works?

Rambam lists the 13 Principles as the beliefs which measure one's merits for the world to come, and he writes it as an elaboration of the Mishnaic statement: "All of the Jewish people, have a ...
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What is the source for this quote by Maimonides?

I have often heard a quote attributed to Maimonides which goes: “Hear the truth, whoever said it.” What is the source for this quote?
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Rambam and Mitzvas Talmud Torah

As opposed to other Codifiers of Halacha (e.g. Shulchan Aruch Harav see Hilchos Talmud Torah 1:1, 2:1 and the Kuntres Acharon there) the Rambam famously doesn't provide the reasons for the Mitzvahs ...
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Could a modern eruv ever be satisfactory to the Rambam?

The Rambam in MT Shabbat 14:1 defines a Reshut HaRabbim as including not only roads and market squares but also wildernesses and forests. Commentators clarify the inclusion of wildernesses and ...
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If revenge is prohibited, how can there be business contracts?

The Rambam brings this down in his discussion of the negative commandment of revenge : In the words of the Sifra, "How far does the prohibition against taking revenge go? If a person requests, '...
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Who is the Rambam? [duplicate]

The name Rambam appears often in answers and it seems his opinion is highly regarded. Who is this Rambam figure and why should people consider answers referencing Rambam as possessing religious ...
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Did the Rambam consider all of these men prophets?

In his Introduction to the Mishna, Rambam wrote (emphasis mine): "Until came the time of the men of the Great Assembly – and they were Chaggai, Zechariah, Malachi, Daniel, Chananiah, Mishael, ...
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Why did Rambam include scientific explanations in the first chapters of Mishne Torah?

The first several chapters of Mishneh Torah (ch.3-4) include some pseudo-scientific (Aristotelian?) passages, seemingly unrelated to practical Halacha, for example, "The celestial spheres are ...
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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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When did idolatry begin, post-flood?

Related. Rambam famously describes how idolatry began in the days of Enosh (Hil. Avodah Zara 1:1-2) and finishes off by writing: "but the Rock of Ages, not a man was there to recognize Him or ...
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Did Maimonides really refer to Muhammad (the Islamic prophet) as a false prophet and a madman?

Maimonides referred to Muhammad as a false prophet and an insane man. In his Epistle to Yemen he wrote "After Jesus arose the Madman who emulated his precursor Jesus, since he paved the way for ...
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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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What is authoritative in the Talmud?

Maimonides says: However, all the matters mentioned by the Babylonian Talmud are incumbent on the entire Jewish people to follow. We must compel each and every city and each country to accept all the ...
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How authentic is the Rambam's ascension to the Temple Mount?

Proponents of ascending the Temple Mount usually quote a letter attributed to Maimonides, regarding his alleged ascension. The letter is as follows: בליל אחד בשבת בארבעה ימים לחודש אייר נכנסתי לים, ...
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Is using an EBT card in a supermarket considered taking tzedakah from goyim?

In today's Rambam, Hilchos Edut chapter 11 halacha 3, the Rambam writes that if one takes charity from goyim in public when it's possible to take it in private, that person is invalid as a witness. ...
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Rambam's position regarding the unification of souls in the afterlife (Guide to the Perplexed-First Part Chapter 74 seventh argument)

In his Guide to the Perplexed-First Part Chapter 74 seventh argument, Rambam says: You must bear in mind that those abstract beings which are neither bodies nor forces dwelling in bodies, and which in ...
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Source of the Rambam's statement?

Where exactly does the Rambam say the following in his Igeres Teiman: “When the gentiles think that this people will never have their own government and state, and they will never be redeemed from ...
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Was the Rambam familiar with 'Tosfos'?

Is there any evidence attesting to the fact that Rambam was even remotely familiar with the writings of any of the Ba'ale Tosafot? The reason I ask is because Wikipedia makes the claim that the ...
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Mitqaddešet mean "Engagement"?

Does the term mitqaddešet (consecrated) mean "Engagement"? Seems to have this meaning in rabbinic literature bu not in the bible. According to Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, Sefer Nashim, Ishut ...
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What is the intention of the Moshiach proofs from the Torah, brought by Rambam?

In chapter 11 of the laws of kings (and their wars) (https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1188356/jewish/Melachim-uMilchamot-Chapter-11.htm) the Rambam defines the basic obligation to ...
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Was Albert Einstein a Heretic? [closed]

Why isn’t Albert Einstein a heretic? He said: “I believe in Spinoza’s G-d who reveals Himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a G-d who concerns Himself with fates and actions of human ...
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"Rambam In Context" Sefer

Is anyone aware of a Sefer which traces the psokim of the Rambam to their source in the Gemoro together with providing the necessary background and other varying halachic opinions? In other words a ...
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Rabbi Avraham Ben Harambam Commentary on the Torah

According to Wikipedia, Rabbi Avraham Ben Harambam wrote a commentary on the Torah. Is there anywhere I can find a copy of this online?
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Why does Rambam give such extensive treatment to the theories of the Mutakallemin

In Chapter LXII of Moreh Nevuchim, Rambam presents a convincing argument as to the fallacy inherent in the machinations of the Mutakallemin theology, in particular, the proof of the existence of God. ...
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Rabbi Abraham of Viterbo challenged Maimonides?

Apparently Rabbi Abraham of Viterbo in the third essay of Sefer Emunat Chachamim challenged Maimonides regarding his claim that the Torah cannot be changed. Could someone post an excerpt of what he ...
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What does the word "חַיִל" mean?

Gideon was famously called "a Mighty Man of Valor" by the Malach/Messenger and the word is most famously utilized in Proverbs 31 in the description of the Virtuous Woman. Doing research into ...
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Rambam's son quoted in Tosfos?

Tosfos in Chullin on 106b d''h "vechol davar etc." quotes Rav Avraham Ben Harav Moshe. I am wondering whether this is the Rambam's son as this is the same name.
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What was the Halachic base for establishing the inheritance of the Great Sanhedrin Presidency?

In the line of Nesi'im from Hillel to Gamliel IV, the position passed from father to son even if the son wasn't the brightest sage of the Sanhedrin (see R' Gamliel's testimony to R' Yehoshua). Of ...
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How to understand the requirement for Supreme Judge to be tall and handsome?

Just as the members of a court of law must be cleared with respect to uprightness, so must they be clear of any physical defect. Every effort should be exerted in an intensive search for sufficiently ...
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How much wisdom is the priesthood worth for the judges of the Sanhedrin?

It is a mitzvah to have priests and Levites included in the Great Sanhedrin... And if none can be found, it is permissible to have a court of exclusively Israelite judges. Rambam's Hil. Sanhedrin 2.2 ...
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