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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 is the minimum text of birkat hamazon one needs to say to be yotze?

Let's say you're in the army or something and need to bench quickly and be on your way. Is there a "havineinu" equivalent for benching (beyond just stopping after the fourth bracha) that you could use ...
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Lashes for owning chametz when the Pesach is brought

Rambam in Sefer HaMitzvos Lo Saaseh 115 writes שבעת שחיטת הפסח והוא בין הערבים לא יהיה חמץ ברשותו לא אצל הזורק ולא אצל השוחט ולא אצל המקטיר ולא אצל אחד מבני החבורה, וכל מי מהם שיהיה חמץ אצלו בעת ...
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Wish to learn about Judaism. Please recommend book about Maimonides teachings [closed]

Moderator feel free to delete or modify. I wish to learn about Judaism and heard that learning about Maimonides is a great start. There are so many books he's written, and so many books about him, I'm ...
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Rambam on color certainty of tekheleth

According to a questioner on this page, the Rambam in the Pirush HaMishna contradicts the Rambam in Hilchoth Tzitzith regarding whether we can dye tekheleth due to uncertainty about the color. Where ...
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Maimonides on the purpose of animals?

In the intro to his commentary to Mishnayot the Rambam writes אך על דרך כלל יש לדעת, שכל הנמצאים שתחת גלגל הירח נמצאו בשביל האדם לבדו. וכל מיני החיות, יש מהם למאכלו, כצאן ובקר וזולתם, ויש ...
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Was the Rambam successful?

The Rambam is said to have written the Mishneh Torah to replace the study of the Talmud (although what he really said was that he intended it to be a compendium of all the rulings of the Talmud so ...
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Why are people going back to paskining like the Rambam?

I have heard personally (and seen in chat) people (who are not Teimanim [for whom there is a tradition to rule like the Rambam]) ruling like the Rambam. I have heard that he has the authentic ...
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Where did Rambam get his wisdom from? [closed]

Rambam's Mishna Torah is a foremost halachic source. I've been very interested lately in the history of Halacha – I've just begun learning Mishna Torah for the first time – and was wondering if anyone ...
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Why did the Rabbis make a decree for Yovel?

Rambam (Hilchos Tefila 2:8) says that בד"א ביום צום של כל שנה ושנה אבל ביום צום של שנת היובל מתפלל תפלת המוספים תשע ברכות כמו שהתפלל במוסף ראש השנה והם אותן הברכות עצמן לא פחות ולא יותר ואין ...
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Looking for ALL of the Rambam's Books in English on Medicine [closed]

Looking for ALL of the Rambam's Books in English on Medicine Preferably in Eretz Yisrael, without breaking the bank. How many books are there? What are the most prominent in which he discusses ...
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Learning resources for 'Guide for the Perplexed' by Rabbi Moshe Maimonides [duplicate]

I'm looking for some English resources on learning the 'Guide for the Perplexed' by Rabbi Moshe Maimonides. Unfortunately most resources are very heavy and not for bedtime reading. Im looking for an ...
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Place of “laws of mourning” in the rambam

Maimonides' Book of Judges contains the following sections: laws of the Sanhedrin and the punishments they enforce, laws of witnesses, laws of rebels, laws of mourning, and laws of kings and their ...
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Understanding the Zohar's Anthropomorphism of God

Unlike the Rambam's now-conventional ideas against anthropomorphizing God, there are kabbalistic texts studied today which seem to espouse completely antithetical ideas. I am familiar with the ...
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Kohanim unfit to serve

The Rambam in Hilchot Biat Hamikdash, Perek 8, Halachah 15, writes that a Kushite is unfit to serve in the Mikdash. To quote ...שמונה בעור הבשר ואלו הן. הכושי There are eight involving the ...
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Rambam and Shebulei HaLeket regarding Moshiach

Rabbi Zecharia Wallerstein stated the following: The Rambam says that any Jewish person who wants Moshiach because someone died and they want them to come back to life etc. other than wanting G-d to ...
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What was HaRaMBa“M's position on ”yissurim shel ahavah"?

In the Talmud Bavli (Berakhot 5A-B), HaZa"L discuss yissurim shel ahavah (i.e. afflictions of love). In his translation of R' Bahya's "Hovot HaLevavot" (introduction to Sha`ar HaBitahon)...
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What are “secrets of Torah” according to the Rambam?

The Rambam explicitly acknowledges that there is something called "secrets of Torah." His words (or at least R' Kapach's translation of his words) are (Moreh Nevochim 2:33): שאי אפשר להכנס ...
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Moreh Nevuchim: To learn or not to learn?

I have come across many people who believe that it is inappropriate to learn Moreh Nevuchim especially at a younger inexperienced age. However, it seems that many important issues are discussed in the ...
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Which published Moreh Nevuchim would you recommend?

I plan on buying the sefer Moreh Nevuchim in Hebrew, written by the Rambam (only one at this time and it will be my first). I have seen at least 5 different versions on the bookshelves. Can you ...
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The Rambam, Moshiach, and the Amidah

The last perakim of Mishneh Torah discuss the messianic process. The 11th perek discusses the role of Moshiach. In particular, the first halachah discusses the "order of operations:" א  המלך המשיח ...
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The pre-Maimonidean half-tekheleth string

Are there any sources prior to the Rambam that suggest (even implicitly) that the tekheleth string is only half-dyed?
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Why is nature not studied in the way the Rambam recommends?

Considering the Rambam recommends observing nature to see the divine wisdom therein and develop a love of God, if so, why is this not encouraged in the yeshivas with this outlook? The few yeshivos ...
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Looking For HaMaspik

I am looking for the halachic portion of Hamaspik L'ovdey Hashem by R. Avraham Ben HaRambam published by Bar Ilan Univ. I have found links to it on HebrewBooks, but it isnt there (I guess it was taken ...
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Is it allowed for a Jew to pray in mosques? [duplicate]

Is it allowed for a Jew to pray in mosques? I live in Kuwait so its impossible to find any beith knesseth here; I follow Rambamistic minhaq. I mean going to a mosque to pray Jewish prayer when i'm ...
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Explanation needed - Rambam Mishnah Brachos 1:5

I am trying to understand the Rambam Peirush HaMishnayos to Brachos 1:5, but I am having trouble fitting an understanding into the words. I need this done by Tuesday night for I am meant to be ...
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Did Rambam wear “Rambam tzitzit,” etc

Some rabbis have invented their own methods for tying tzitzit, depending on their interpretation of the halachah. For instance, Maimonides had his own method for tying tzitzit that he passed onto the ...
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How does running בין השמשות prevent Shabbos coming in (Rambam Chovel uMazzik - 6 (9))

In today's Rambam Yomi Chovel uMazzik - Chapter Six halocho 9 it says When two people were proceeding in the public domain, one of them was running and one was walking, and one was injured by the ...
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Who are the Attributists Rambam speaks of

in the 'Guide for the Perplexed' by Rabbi Moshe Maimonides, who are the 'attributists' he speaks of? Are they other Jews with a different view, a different sect within Judaism, the Mohammedans, the ...
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Is “HaGevurah” really a name of God?

I am translating the "Thirteen Foundations of the Torah" (י"ג יסודות תורתנו) from the Qafih ("Kapach") edition of the Rambam's Pirush HaMishnayot. As usual, I run into philosophical difficulties with ...
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Does Maimonides Allow Prayer to Angels?

In his Mishna Commentary to Sanhedrin 10:1 Maimonides lists as his 5th principle the prohibition to pray to an angel even as an intermediary. He counts this in his enumeration of his 13 principles in ...
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Are there two or more editions of the Rambam's Peirush HaMishnayos?

I heard that there are differences between the Rambam's Peirush Hamishnayos found most commonly in the Mishnayos Zecher Chanoch and the version found in Mishnayos which are paired with the Rash. Is ...
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Torah transmission according to the Rambam

the Rambam in the introduction to Mishne Torah counts 40 generations from Moshe Rabeinu to Rav Ashi (compiler of the talmud) in the transmission of the oral law and lists the names of these sages. ...
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Esau honored his father; why didn't he honor God?

According to the Rambam (according to Aish), the reason that the commandment to "Honor Parents" is included in the first group of the Aseret Hadibrot (Ten Commandments) is because the child-parent ...
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What happened to the blessing “Who raises the fallen”?

In both the siddur of Rav Saadia Gaon and the seder of Rav Amram Gaon, there is a blessing in the morning, magbiah shefalim, for sitting up in bed. Yet, it is conspicuously absent from the Rambam (...
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Asking a Human to Interecede with God

Rambam writes (Hil. T'shuva 3:15) that it is forbidden to utilize any entity as an intermediary between oneself and God (more accurately that one who does so is a heretic who loses his share in the ...
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Rambam and Torah Lishma

the Rambam (Teshuva 10:2) defines the ideal motivation of performing mitzvot as (lishma) one "who does the truth because it is the truth" On the other hand, the Mesilat Yesharim defines the ideal ...
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Is there a Moreh Nevuchim dictionary?

I'm wondering if there exists a dictionary for the more technical terms used in the Moreh Nevuchim? (Any of the translations). I know I could just use an English translation and match up the words, ...
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Rambam Kiddush HaChodesh - Chapter Six - halacha 5

a copy of a few lines from the halacha: Similarly, when the days of a lunar year are counted in groups of seven, according to the weekly cycle, there is a remainder of four days, eight hours, and 876 ...
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Where does Maimonides write that Muslims may pray in a synagogue?

Regarding the Muslims who were praying in a Synagogue, I read that Rambam ruled that it was permissible for Muslims to pray in a Synagogue - I haven't been able to find a source for this, does someone ...
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Did Maimonides consider Esther the most important book in the Tanakh other than the Torah?

A certain disgustingly Comic Sans-laden website makes the following claim: The medieval Jewish scholar Maimonides (1135-1204) considered Esther the most important biblical book after the Torah. I ...
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Rambam's method for calculating the conjunction of the moon (and sun)

I think I'm missing something basic here... The Rambam, in Hilchot Kiddush Hachodesh (6:3) says that the interval between one conjunction to the next is is 29 full days, 12 hours of the 30th day, and ...
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Mamrim 3:1 - Who is the Rebellious Elder Mentioned in the Torah?

In Mamrim 3:1 - Who is the Rebellious Elder that Rambam is referring to, and what passage in the Torah mentions this person as: "The Rebellious Elder"? Mamrim 3:1 - A person who does not ...
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What does the Rambam say about ghosts?

I simply want to know what the Rambam thinks about ghosts, spirits, demons, and things like that.
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The Rambam on distracting others from concentrating on their tefillos

I heard someone state the following: The Rambam (Hilchos Teshuvah) says, "Those who speak and distract others from concentrating on their tefillos are guilty of the serious crime of 'hindering others ...
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Rambam's rules of modesty

What is proper modesty for all Jewish women according to Rambam? You know, skirt length, age to cover hair, to cover the neck or not, etc.
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Tefillin shel rosh first?

So the RaMBaM put on his tefillin shel rosh on his head before his tefillin shel yad, and Josephus also says that he puts on his tefillin shel rosh first. Why did they do that? Is that even allowed ...
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Why did the Egyptian “astrologers” tell Pharaoh that a savior would be born?

רש"י suggests that Pharaoh's astrologers told him that they had a vision that a savior would be born on a certain day (שמות א:כב & שמות א:טז). Assuming the “astrologers” had no real power of ...
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Can I get the Rambam's correspondence with the French rabbis online?

I recently read an article by Rabbi Yaacov Schwartz in the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society (Fall 1988) titled "Jewish Implications of Astrology." In the article, he quotes the Rambam in ...
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To which philosophers does the Rambam refer in his letter about astrology?

In a responsum written to the rabbis of southern France, the Rambam makes reference (paragraph 10, here) to Greek and Persian philosophers who disprove astrology, but doesn't name them. אבל חכמי ...
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Rambam's Talmud Commentary

Where can I find Rambam's commentary on Bavli (whatever remains of it) besides for his commentary on tractate Rosh HaShana?

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