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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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What kind of marriages was the Rambam thinking of?

Mishnah Torah, Hilchot Biah, 12:1 speaks of “derech ishut” and 12:14 speaks of “derech chatnut.” How does the halacha understand these terms? Sources appreciated. Note: The translation by Rabbi ...
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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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Does the Torah contain a reference to atheism, or not?

B"H Do the verses in Tehillim: "the fool says in his heart there is no G-d (אלוקים)" (Tehillim 14:1, 53:2) refer to one who denies the Creator entirely, or only one who denies the "...
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Where is the Rambam buried? [closed]

I've heard different reports as to where Maimonides is buried. Where is his Kever located? I've seen videos saying that he's buried outside of Israel.
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Is it possible to know the exact number of seconds since the creation of the universe?

B"H In Rambam hilchos kiddush hachodesh 6:8 he gives a "beginning time" to calculate the day of the week in any time afterwards that the moon will appear. He later says that we're not ...
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What are the laws of workers

BH Hi I know that there are certain laws of avadim (slaves) for example how a Jew should be merciful, etc, when having avadim, although now that slavery is highly not accepted around most areas of the ...
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Rambam and Minhagim

Going through Mishneh Torah, it is clear that Rambam brings down relatively few minhagim (especially as compared to the Tur and Shulchan Aruch etc). What determines whether or not Rambam will codify a ...
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What is the source for "in the place where baalei teshuva stands, complete tzadikim are not ABLE to stand"?

B"H The Rambam in hilchos teshuva 7:4 says: אָמְרוּ חֲכָמִים מָקוֹם שֶׁבַּעֲלֵי תְּשׁוּבָה עוֹמְדִין אֵין צַדִּיקִים גְּמוּרִין יְכוֹלִין לַעֲמֹד בּוֹ. כְּלוֹמַר מַעֲלָתָן גְּדוֹלָה מִמַּעֲלַת ...
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Where does the Rebbe write that Rambam was a mekubal

BH I heard the Rebbi mi Lubavich (Rebbi) said Rambam was a mekubal. Where does he say this?
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Where to find a PRINTED edition of משנה תורה with Yemenite punctuation?

I am familiar with the well-regarded מפעל edition according to כתבי יד תימנים, but it nevertheless uses standard נקוד, for example: שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר rather than שֶׁנֶּאֱמָר, and לְפִיכָךְ rather than ...
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Why doesn't the Rambam disqualify Yushkuh as Moshiach because he's not descended from King David?

B"H The Rambam writes: 4 If a king will arise from the House of David who diligently contemplates the Torah and observes its mitzvot as prescribed by the Written Law and the Oral Law as David, ...
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Does Rambam Rule that the Moshiach ben Yosef Concept Does Not Exist?

I'm currently in a discussion with a non-smicha guy who's publicly teaching these claims that the Rambam Absolutely and Halachically rejects the entire concept of the Messiah son of Yosef just because ...
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Why is a doubtful eruv of bein hashamashos and nightfall ok, if b"hs itself is a doubtful status?

B"H In the Rambam, hilchos Eiruvin chapter 1 halacha 21, it's said that the Eiruvin chatzeirus food has to be able to be eaten during the entire being hashamashos --twilight time; however, if it ...
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Rambam contradiction

Rambam in Hilchot Issurei Biah 22:18 says that there’s nothing more hard for most of the nation to keep than the Arayot commandments. Around that same area, he also quotes a Gemara that says that “...
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Jews crying when getting Arayot mitzvah

Rambam in Hilchot Issurei Biah writes that when the Jews got the commandments regarding all the forbidden relationships, they cried. Where does he get this from?
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Is the order of the Torah part of the principles of faith?

According to my understanding of Rambam's 8th of his 13 principles of faith it is necessary to believe that the Torah as we currently have it is exactly what was told to Moshe by God. From what I ...
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How can "Lo Sasur" be used as a primary source for the power of rabbinic legislation?

The context of "Lo Sasur" is that when the law isn't clear the kohanim (and the shofet) at the mikdash are the final authority. See Devarim 17:8-11 (ח) כִּי יִפָּלֵא מִמְּךָ דָבָר ...
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Deeper meanings for closed and open passages in the torah

B"H The Rambam in the laws of Sefer Torah chapter 8 halacha 4 lists all of the "open" and "closed" passages in the Torah. Are there any commentaries anywhere that discuss any ...
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Where in the works of Maimonides does he address how to deal with apparent contradictions between halakha and empirical facts?

Maimonides’ view is that halakha is teleological (see for example Guide III, 27,31) e.g. some laws are to promote societal wellbeing, correct moral beliefs, etc. Where in his works does he deal with ...
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Where in his works does Maimonides address how to understand אלו ואלו דברי אלקים חיים and the nature of makhloket more broadly (besides intro to PhM)?

Given what Maimonides says in his introduction to his Commentary on the Mishnah (Perush ha-Mishnayot) it seems like he is not a pluralist when it comes to truth in a makhloket (halakhic debate). He ...
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What kinds of statues does the Rambam mean we shouldn't put our mouths on?

B"H In hilchos avodas kochavim chapter 3 halacha 8 the Rambam says: 8 A person should not place his mouth over the mouths of statues which serve as fountains that are located before false ...
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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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Would the Exodus generation not have entered Canaan/spent years in the desert irrespective of sin?

R Avraham ibn Ezra and Rambam both posit that the Israelite slaves that left Egypt were not upto the task of war and needed to die out and be replaced with more courageous progeny (ibn Ezra) and/or ...
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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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Does God care about individual animals?

Rambam writes in all his major Jewish works (PH, MT and MN) that if God cared about individual animals He wouldn't allow us to slaughter them for food. He writes that the pesukim that reflect divine ...
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How many times was the mitzvah of " עָשׂוּ לִי מִקְדָּשׁ - Make for me a Sanctuary" fulfilled?

In a sefer Haycha Timtzah, which received Haskamos from the likes of HaRav Moshe Feinstein, he asks the following riddle. Riddle: Where do we find one of the 613 Mitzvos that was fulfilled only 6 ...
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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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Mikdash without Aron according to Ramban

Rambam holds that the main purpose of the Mikdash is for avodah etc even subsuming the service keilim under ועשו לי מקדש etc. The Aron—as a non service vessel—is conspicuously absent from hilchos beis ...
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Why does Rambam not learn the prohibition for adultery from Yitro but from Acharei Mot?

Yitro contains 16 mitzvos according to Rambam. Most of them are linked to the 10 commandments but notably one commandment is missing: adultery. Instead he learns this prohibition from Acharei Mot: ...
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Why doesn't Rambam codify the obligation/recommendation to honor one's father-in-law?

Mechilta dR Yishmael and more explicitly Mechilta dRashbi both make the point that from Moshe's honoring his father in law Yisro (Shemos 18:7) one sees that one ought to honor ones father in law as ...
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Do the laws of pidyon shvuyim apply as usual during a war or are they secondary to warfare considerations?

Rambam states that there is no Mitzva as great as Pidyon Shvuyim. (משנה תורה, הלכות מתנות עניים ח׳) He sets forth there that its greatness is based on the fact that the prisoner is in constant lack of ...
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What did Israel hear at Sinai according to Rambam?

Rambam writes in MT (Yesodei haTorah 8:1 & 8:3) that Israel heard the actual words of the aseres hadibros on par with Moshe. In the Moreh (2:33) he writes that they only heard an undifferentiated ...
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Background of the Hasagat HaRa'avad on Rambam

A few questions about the Ra'avad: What does Hasagat mean in the context of the title of Hasagat HaRa'avad? I have seen the term used in reference to his works "HaRa'avad BeHasagatsv" So it ...
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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 Halacha in Rambam that says in the presence of your teacher you should always look at him?

BH Does it say in Rambam that a person in the presence of his teacher should always look at his face and never show him his back? If yes what is the Halacha’s source?
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Are both Maimonides and Nachmanides called Rambam? If so why? [closed]

Maimonides’s full name was Moses ben Maimon; in Hebrew, he is known by the acronym of Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, Rambam. Moshe ben Nachman (Nachmanides or the Ramban) was the foremost halakhist of his ...
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Do non-Jews have a mitzvah of "blood redeemer"?

B"H Today's Rambam, H. Rotzeich 5:4 says וְעַכּוּ''ם שֶׁהָרַג אֶת הָעַכּוּ''ם בִּשְׁגָגָה אֵין עָרֵי מִקְלָט קוֹלְטוֹת אוֹתוֹ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (במדבר לה טו) "לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל": When one ...
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Why are רצה and שים שלום classified as thanksgiving and not as petitionary?

Rambam writes regarding the makeup of shemoneh esrei (tefilah 1:4) that שָׁלֹשׁ רִאשׁוֹנוֹת שֶׁבַח לַה' וְשָׁלֹשׁ אַחֲרוֹנוֹת הוֹדָיָה. וְאֶמְצָעִיּוֹת יֵשׁ בָּהֶן שְׁאֵלַת כָּל הַדְּבָרִים שֶׁהֵן ...
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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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Source for winding retzuos around the finger 3 times

Rambam writes (tefilin 3:12): וְאֹרֶךְ רְצוּעָה שֶׁלַּיָּד - כְּדֵי שֶׁתַּקִּיף אֶת הַזְּרוֹעַ וְיִקְשֹׁר מִמֶּנָּה הַקֶּשֶׁר, וְתִמָּתַח רְצוּעָה אַחַת עַד אֶצְבַּע אֶמְצָעִית, וְיִכְרֹךְ מִמֶּנָּה ...
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Heter for "saying tehilim"

Rambam writes (avodah zarah 11:12): הַלּוֹחֵשׁ עַל הַמַּכָּה וְקוֹרֵא פָּסוּק מִן הַתּוֹרָה, וְכֵן הַקּוֹרֵא עַל הַתִּינוֹק שֶׁלֹּא יִבָּעֵת, הַמַּנִּיחַ סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה אוֹ תְּפִלִּין עַל הַקָּטָן ...
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Washing hands in the morning/Wrapping hand tefilin according to Rambam

I'm curious as to communities (or even individuals) that follow Rambam w/o any zoharic or kabbalistic influence (e.g. R Y. Kapach/Kafih/Qafih's if it isn't already extinct), how do they wash their ...
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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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Standing positions during Birkhat Kohanim

The Rambam writes (משנה תורה, הלכות תפילה וברכת כהנים ט״ו) that people standing behind the Kohanim during birkhat Kohanim do not receive the beracha (and see Sotah 38b (here)): עַם שֶׁהֵם אֲחוֹרֵי ...
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Why was Yaakov always fearful?

He may have just had a lot going on to be afraid about however almost every time we encounter Yaakov he is either nervous or concerned that something bad may happen. By the berachos with getting ...
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Marry an elderly woman

Moses Maimonides in the Mishneh Torah, Sefer Nashim, Hilchot Ishut 15:7 states that: "A man should not marry a barren women, an elderly woman, an aylonit or a minor who is not fit to bear a child&...
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Milchemes mitzvah in Shoftim according to Rambam

According to the Rambam that you need a Melech for a milchemes mitzvah, how does the Rambam understand all the milchamos in the book of Shoftim?
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Rambam midrash book

I always hear Rav Breitowitz say in his shiurim that the Rambam told us he was gonna write a book about midrashim and their rational explanations, but that he never got around to doing so. Anyone know ...
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Why does Rambam say "gentiles marriages' are not recognized" in Melachim uMilchamot, Chapter 8, verse 3?

He mentions this as he clarifies the rules about having relations with/marrying a captive during war: "Relations with a yefat toar are only permitted while she is in captivity as the verse states ...
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Does the fact that G-d rewards and punishes show that there must be free will?

From the Rambam (Hilchos Teshuvah 5:4) it seems that if not for the concept of free choice, there would be no concept of reward and punishment. The question is: even if there would be no concept of ...
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