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According to Mechon Mamre: TL;DR TOTAL - 16,818 (+ 104) Hamada` - 725 Ahavah - 730 (+ 63) Zemanim - 1,738 (+ 41) Nashim - 1,207 Qedushah - 1,140 Hafla'ah - 820 Zera`im - 1,582 `Avodah - 1,537 Haqorbanot - 651 Taharah - 2,317 Nezaqim - 993 Qinyan - 1,191 Mishpattim - 1,141 Shofettim - 1,046 Hamada` - 725 Yesode'i HaTorah - 140 De`ot - 130 Talmud Torah - ...


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Rav Nachum Rabinovitch, שליט"א, in his magnum opus, Yad Peshuta, (Hakdama U'minyan Hamitzvos, Intro to the Division of the Books pp. 187-190) contrasts the Rambam's division of 14 categories of halacha as described in his Moreh Nevukhim, from that in his Yad Hachazaka. As opposed to the in the Moreh where he emphasizes the communal obligation first, the Yad ...


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The Meiri (13th cent.) describes the unique features of the Mishneh Torah in his introduction to Beit HaBehira: That it is omits the Talmudic dialectics, and presents just ruling. That it is written in Mishnaic Hebrew. That it includes all laws; even those which are not practically applicable. That it includes material from a great number of sources ...


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Rambam's son, R. Avraham, as cited in Kesef Mishne, end of Ishus 1:1, answers that the command is to marry with kidushin and nisuin, which is why Rambam refers to even the first part as a mitzva, meaning the start of one, but doing the first part alone doesn't do a mitzva. KM implies by his wording, q.v., that the main part of the dual mitzva is the second ...


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The rabbis didn't contradict Rambam, the rabbis are in Gemara, and Rambam himself report this law. Rambam isure bia 14.2 יד,ב ומודיעין אותו עיקרי הדת, שהוא ייחוד השם ואיסור עבודה זרה; ומאריכין, בדבר זה. ומודיעין אותו מקצת מצוות קלות, ומקצת מצוות חמורות; ואין מאריכין, בדבר זה. ומודיעין אותו עוון לקט שכחה ופיאה, ומעשר עני. ומודיעין אותו עונשן של מצוות.&...


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The Shulchan Arukh (YD 268:2) rules that someone who wants to convert to Judaism can be taught some of the basic mitzvot. The language there is borrowed directly from the Rambam in his Mishneh Torah (Isurei Biah 14). It seems from the language of the Rambam that the convert should not be taught in great detail, but should be generally informed about the laws:...


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The Rambam's responsum to Yoseph ben Gabir you're looking for begins on the 177th page of Qovetz Teshuvot ha-Rambam ve-Igrotav (Leipzig 1859). It's also available on Sefaria.


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I think the Frankel Rambam contains what you are looking for. It has the standard commentaries on the page, such as Maggid Mishnah, Kessef Mishneh, Radvaz, Lechem Mishneh, Migdal Oz, Rabbeinu Manoach, etc. It also has a section in the back where it lists dozens of other commentaries that speak about each individual halacha. The text is very clear, and it ...


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From the Rambam's introduction to the Mishna Torah: ומפני זה נערתי חצני, אני משה ברבי מיימון הספרדי, ונשענתי על הצור ברוך הוא, ובינותי בכל אֵלו הספרים, וראיתי לחבר דברים המתבררים מכל אֵלו החיבורין בענין האסור והמותר, והטמא והטהור, עם שאר דיני התורה, כולן בלשון ברורה ודרך קצרה, עד שתהא תורה שבעל פה כולה סדורה בפי הכל בלא קושיא ולא פירוק. לא זה אומר בכה וזה ...


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Yes, idolatrous items contaminate, and things that get mixed with objects of idolatry are forbidden property. However, these are two separate laws. The Rambam has already said that objects of idolatry are forbidden in benefit from the Torah (Hilchot Avodat Kochavim 7:2). Therefore he explains here that once an object of idolatry is mixed with or lost among ...


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The standard edition, out of copyright and republished by many publishers over the years, sounds like what you want. It's got Raavad, Kesef Mishne, Magid Mishne, Lechem Mishne, Hagahos Maymaniyos, and more. In particular, it has Migdal Oz, which cites the Mishne Tora's sources. Because this edition has been published by so many, I can't recommend a ...


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R. David Yosef in the introduction to the P'er Hador edition of Rambam's responsa quotes many who value the MT over the responsa, including Hida who writes in Birkei Yosef (OH 118:2) that it is obvious that the MT is to be followed over his responsa. In a similar vein, Maharit (HM: 7) writes that we generally follow books rather than responsa, since if the ...


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One simple way to calculate the number of halachot in Mishneh Torah is to use the URLs in the version on Hebrewbooks. Each halacha has a unique URL ending in a number, with the first halacha starting with the number 1. Each URL increases by one from the previous URL. Thus, the URL of the very last halacha in Mishneh Torah contains the total number of ...


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Are you maybe remembering the end of Hilkhot Tshuva (10:18) in Rambam’s Mishne Torah where he writes: One should always strain oneself and endure hardship and not come to depend on others rather than cast oneself onto the community. Thus the sages commanded, "Make your Sabbaths into weekdays rather than come to depend on others." Even if one is wise ...


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I realize that both msh210 and IsraelReader already gave answers based on this source, but I think that neither one explained it fully/properly, so I would like to attempt to answer it myself. This question was asked to R. Avraham the son of Rambam. This was his answer: Birchas Avraham # 44 ואותה הקושיא שהקשית על עיקר דבריו לא קשיא עליה שבמנין המצוות ...


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This edition is specially made for Chabad program. It contains a lot of bibliographic references. But the font is very small, it's tiresome to read for hours small letters. It's better than mifal Mishne Tora because of the wide mare mekomot, Raavad is not skipped, for travel it's good. To skip the Raavad is a pity, because notes of Raavad on Rambam are very ...


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The responsum in question was also translated into English by Leon D. Stitskin and published in Tradition. You can access a PDF from the Tradition Archives for free. The relevant excerpt is: Keep in mind, however, that I do not intend to produce an Arabic edition of the Mishnah Torah, as it would lose its specific flavor. Moreover, how can you ask me ...


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R. Levi ibn Habib (c. 1480 – c. 1545), also known by the acronym HaRaLBaCh, writes in his responsum #12: אין זה לומר שיקשה עלינו בדברי הרב לא להפילה ולא אפילו למעטם ממקומ' בהיות כונת הרב מפורשת בדבריו ואף כי יקשה לנו על דבריו מתוך שיטת התלמוד המפורסם אצלנו ראוי והגון לנו לתלות החסרון במיעוט הקפתנו והשגתנו וחייבי' אנו לקבל דבריו מבלי שנהרהר אחריו כי לבו ...


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Ramban, in his letter to the French sages who wanted to ban the Rambam's Sefer Ha-Madda and Moreh Nevuchim, writes at length in praise of the Rambam: והנה שם הרב ספריו כתריס בפני פורעניות, מגן הוא לחצי קשתי בני יון החוקקים חקקי און, להעלות הטובעים בבור שאון מטיט היון...הוצאתם עתק מפיכם, דברים הנראים לקנאה ושנאה נאמרין, אסור לשומעם אף כי לכותבם ומכש"כ ...


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I believe the reference is probably to this passage (Laws of Repentance 6:3), in which he explains that a person can sin so badly that his free will can be taken from him: וְאֶפְשָׁר שֶׁיֶּחְטָא אָדָם חֵטְא גָּדוֹל אוֹ חֲטָאִים רַבִּים עַד שֶׁיִּתֵּן הַדִּין לִפְנֵי דַּיַן הָאֱמֶת שֶׁיְּהֵא הַפֵּרָעוֹן מִזֶּה הַחוֹטֵא עַל חֲטָאִים אֵלּוּ שֶׁעָשָׂה ...


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In order to find the passage you're seeking, I did a Google search for [ Rambam | Maimonides punishment God closes the gate of teshuvah ]. Baruch Hashem, I found something. The first bit of Hilchos Teshuvah 4:2 begins: ומהן חמשה דברים הנועלים דרכי התשובה בפני עושיהן ואלו הן Dr. Henry Abramson translates: And among them are five things that close the ...


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See my answer to "Weighing mitzvot/aveirot". There I try to establish that Hashem doesn't judge actions, He judges the state of a person as they shape themselves through those actions. As I wrote (after opening with sources) there, "Yishmael was repaid in terms of 'ba'asher hu sham -- as he was there.' The way your soul stands at that moment is the direct ...


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Here is an element of answer. My understanding is based on Gemara BM 88a and Tosfot d.h Baal Habayit. There are additional Shitot. The owner, when he finished the work, the harvesting is ready, takes it at home and then he cannot eat without Maaser. But there is an opinion in Gemara, saying that for fruits that need goren before consumption, e.g. wheat, ...


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[Why we learn gemara has been extensively covered on MiYodeya, e.g., here, here and there]. One of the goals of learning is to know the entire Torah (kol ha Torah kula) (see here on MY for sources whether or not it is an obligation or simply a worthy practice). Since the Torah is infinitely broad and deep, this is impossible, but learning Mishne Torah is ...


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The first two chapters of the laws of the foundations of the Torah , do introduce the subject of the workings of the chariot. It is worth pointing out as a clarification that even this expression, workings of the chariot, is greatly misunderstood.But to put it in the proper context, a chariot is something that has no self-directed will or action. It is ...


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