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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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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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No Monarchy = No Need for a Davidic Dynasty?

If it is true that "som tasim - Placing you shall place" (cf. Devarim 17:15) is not a mitzvah, but a reshut (cf. Ibn Ezra there). And if what the Abarbanel (to Devarim 16:18-21:9) and the Netziv (on ...
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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), R' Yoseph ...
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Why is the Frankel Rambam divided unusually? Madda-Ahava and Avoda-Korbanot

The printing of Rambam's Mishneh Torah by Hotza'at Shabsi Frankel was a revolutionary achievement. The publishers searched the globe for the earliest and most authoritative manuscripts and attempted ...
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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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Rambam's Commentary on the Torah?

In the Seder HaDoros, published by R' Yechiel Heilprin in 1747, the author describes the life and legacy of many Jewish historical personalities including Rambam. I'm not sure how historically ...
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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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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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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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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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Vilna Gaon's Criticism of the Rambam

As mentioned in this answer, the Vilna Gaon once criticised the Rambam for having been led astray by his own philosophy. I have seen this statement referenced also in this article on Seforim Blog and ...
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Is there any place where Shulchan Aruch rules with the Rosh against the Rif and Rambam?

I am arguing with a friend about whether the Shulchan Aruch, being Sepharadi, weighed Sepharadi poskim higher than Ashkenazi ones. The above question came up.
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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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source in moreh nevuchim which speaks of the reason why the torah mentions the genealogy of the nations and why they were dispersed

can anyone find me the exact wording of the rambam in his sefer moreh nevuchim, where he states that... a fundamental principle of the תורה is that the universe was created ex nihilo, and אדם was ...
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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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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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Who is HaRam in Tosafos

I've seen הר"ם quoted in Tosafos in a few places. One example is Kiddushin 50a, Tosfos ד"ה היה לו. I always assumed it was Rabbeinu Meir, the son in law of Rashi, who's sons are the famous trio of ...
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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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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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In RAMBAM hilchot avoda zara 9:4 What publisher or translator first changed notzrim to canaanites?

In this censored version online at chabad.org, Hilchot Avoda Zara 9:4 says: "The Canaanites are idol worshipers [sic], and Sunday is their festival..." (And it says Canaanites in both the hebrew ...
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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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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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Leaving Eretz Yisrael on vacation

The Rambam in Hilchot Melachim 5:9 describes the prohibition of leaving Eretz Yisrael, and the reasons why one would be allowed to leave. This topic has been dealt with already on this site. One heter ...
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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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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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Stripes for Rebellious Conduct

This phrase is used by Rambam in Mishneh Torah but I can't find any elucidation of what it means. I understand it to mean a punishment of a a lesser degree than lashes, something like "a mark on your ...
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Moshe, Ramba"m and humility

Numbers 12:3 informs us that “the man Moses was very humble, more than any person on the face of the earth.” This article cites Rambam's (Maimonides) view that humility is an exception to Rambam's ...
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Sources for Rambam

Is there a commentary on Mishneh Torah that connects the Rambam's words to his source in the gemara? I'm looking for something similar to the Be'er Hagola to the Shulhan Arukh, or an inverse En ...
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Does Rambam contradict the Shema

Does Rambam teach one should not say "God is one" but rather "God is not multiplicity?" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maimonides See segment labeled "Negative Theology."
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Does the Rambam Contradict Yirmiyahu 18 on Prophecy?

The Rambam famously states regarding the nature of positive prophecies (Hilchot Yesodei HaTorah 10:4): דברי הפורענות שהנביא אומר כגון שיאמר פלוני ימות או שנה פלונית רעב או מלחמה וכיוצא בדברים אלו ...
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What is the Rambam's Yoke of Calculations?

the Rambam writes in Hilchot Shemita Veyovel 13:13 Not only the tribe of Levi, but any one of the inhabitants of the world whose spirit generously motivates him and he understands with his ...
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Miracles through natural means

I've heard it said that both Ramban and Rambam believed that Hashem causes miracles to occur through natural means, but I've never seen this. What exactly do they (and other significant Rabbonim) say ...
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Where can I purchase tefillin according to the Temani/Rambami shitah?

Not just tefillin made of gewil (i.e. גויל - unsplit hide), but with the shin that goes all the way to the bottom of the bayith? Is there any source for purchasing such tefillin?
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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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“Biur Sheimot Kodesh ve-Chol leha-Rambam” Authentic?

I just came across a work called ביאור שמות קדש וחול which is attributed to the Rambam--see, e.g., here. Is this an authentic work of the Rambam? What is known about it? I found the work on ...
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Deut 30:3-5 and the Messiah

In the Mishneh Torah, Laws of Kings 11:1 (or 11:2 in some editions), Rambam brings verses to prove that the Torah "testifies to [the Messiah]", namely Deuteronomy 30:3-5: ‮וְשָׁב יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ ...
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Why does the Brisker Derech focus on the Rambam?

In Reb Chaim Soloveitchik's Wikipedia page, it says about his derech that That focuses on precise definition/s and categorization/s of Jewish law as commanded in the Torah with particular emphasis ...
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What's the difference between יאכלו נקודים and יתחלקו לעסות (in תרומות פ״ה)?

A few משניות in chapter 5 of מסכת תרומות discuss טמא wheat kernels that got mixed with טהור ones that never became מוכשרים לקבל טומאה. They say that, to avoid making the טהור ones טמא, we do one of ...
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How would the splitting of the sea have been done with magic if magic is just trickery?

In the spirit of the recent Mi Yodeya discussion of the Rambam's view of magic, a question that has bothered me for some time: The Rambam ostensibly doesn't accept that there is any reality to magic, ...
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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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How does Rambam explain the use of magic in Tanakh?

I've heard that the Rambam says that when the Torah speaks about magic it is meant as a parable. If this is the case, how does he explain Pharoah's sorcerers and other incidents in Tanakh such as ...
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Do the Kabbalistic views on Taamei Hamitzvoth contradict Rambam's and Hirsch's?

So according to Rambam and other Rabbis, such as R' Hirsch, the mitzvoth are supposed to give us some ideas, some philosophies, to refine our ethics, or to achieve some practical objective. What ...
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Rambam and altering brachot

Inspired by this question and its comments: Rambam Laws of Brachot 1:5 The text of all the blessings was ordained by Ezra and his court. It is not fit to alter it, to add to it, or to detract ...
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Did Rabbeinu Yonah write Shaarei Teshuva in response to the burning of the Gemara?

It is widely believed that Rabbeinu Yonah played a part in having the Rambam's works burned around 1232, and that after the 1242 burning of twenty-four wagonloads of Gemaras he felt that it was a ...