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Sourcing a quote from the Rambam

I searched around and found it, in a collection of chidushim from ksav yad of the Rambam (which I did not know existed!) printed in the beginning of Maaseh Rokeach. You can see it for yourself here (...
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Is the war to protect the State of Israel from attacks from terrrorists a Milchemes Mitzvah

R Shlomo Aviner rules this war is a milchemes mitzvah (Headlines Podcast #441 at 49:44). According to the Ramban, protecting the land is a mitzvah. According to the Rambam protecting is a mitzvah, ...
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On the Rambam's view on funding Torah scholars

The Rambam quotes that Gemara word for word in later in that comment. He explains it as "That you allow them to sell their products first in the market" not giving them cash. The Rambam also ...
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Background of the Hasagat HaRa'avad on Rambam

To answer your questions A hasagah is a refutation or attack or question. So Hasagot HaRa'avad would mean the attacks of the Ra'avad on the positions of the Rambam. Other authors created Hasagot like ...
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Rambam contradiction

Your question is addressed by the Prisha (EH 25:2) and the Birkei Yosef 25:1. Essentially, they both explain that the inclination for aryaos is extremely strong ,and indeed is very hard to keep. ...
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Marry an elderly woman

You have cut off the quote half-way and this is not the way to learn Torah. The Rambam writes A man should not marry a barren women, an elderly woman, an aylonit or a minor who is not fit to bear a ...
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Does God care about individual animals?

My impression is that, yes, this is the normative and overwhelming view among the Rishonim. One can rally many more sources as seen below that affirm that particular divine providence does not extend ...
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What is the source for "in the place where baalei teshuva stands, complete tzadikim are not ABLE to stand"?

Dikdukei Soferim to Berachot 34b brings a variant reading of the gemara which contains the phrase יכולין לעמוד in place of עומדין, which comes from a marginal note found in the Munich manuscript: (...
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Where is the Rambam buried?

Tiberias. See this article on the website of the Maimonides Heritage Center: How do we Know Maimonides is Actually Buried in Tiberias? when it comes to the burial site of Maimonides the tradition is ...
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Why does Rambam say "gentiles marriages' are not recognized" in Melachim uMilchamot, Chapter 8, verse 3?

The Lechem Mishneh explains that although it is generally forbidden to have relations with the wife of a gentile, nevertheless being that regarding a “Yefat To’ar” the Torah refers to her as a “...
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Mishanh Torah Sabath 11:14 writing rule with respect to left hand and elbow [Question]

The Torah prohibited labor done in a normal way. Violating that, someone would have to bring a sacrifice. (Thus, "liable.") If someone did it in an abnormal way, they are thus "exempt&...
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Washing hands in the morning/Wrapping hand tefilin according to Rambam

R Y. Kapach/Kafih/Qafih's if it isn't already extinct R. Qafih's tradition is alive and strong. One of his primary disciples, R. Rason 'Arusi (a tremendous talmid hakham in his own right) is perhaps ...
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Does Rambam Rule that the Moshiach ben Yosef Concept Does Not Exist?

There is no obvious reason to assume Rambam rules that Moshiach Ben Yosef doesn't exist from his lack of mention. The Rambam himself states that one shouldn't over-contemplate the unfolding of the ...
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Can someone please translate the Rambam's commentary on Perkei Avot 1:6

And how good is the statement of Aristotle: The beloved is one, but there are three types of friends: a friend for benefit, a friend for enjoyment and a friend for virtue. As for the friend for ...
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Why are רצה and שים שלום classified as thanksgiving and not as petitionary?

The Sefer Abudraham asks this question in the beginning of the second gate. ואם תאמר והלא ברצה ושים שלום מבקש הוא פרס מרבו כמו באמצעיות. ויש לומר שאינו דומה כי אמצעיות הם צרכי האדם, ושלש אחרונות כלם ...
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Why was Yaakov always fearful?

Thanks for the great question! Many commentaries criticise Yaacov for his fear. For example, this Radak on Bereshit 32:26 says it was a sin* for which he was punished: היה לו זה מאת האל להיות בו זה ...
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Ein Mishpat in opposite direction

There are many works that give the sources for Rambam. The first and most similar to Ein Mishpat is Migdal Oz. That just gives you the chapter. Others are Maggid Mishneh and Kessef Mishnah, but they ...
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What did Israel hear at Sinai according to Rambam?

R. Yosef Qafih in his commentary writes without elaboration on 8:1: ואין זה סותר לעומק הדברים האמורים במו"נ ח"ב פ' לג And this does not contradict the depth of the matter as brought down in ...
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Where in the works of Maimonides does he address how to deal with apparent contradictions between halakha and empirical facts?

The Rambam is always careful to distinguish between knowledge of facts and knowledge of good and evil (More Nevuchim 1:2). A law can never contradict the fact that it causes suffering. The fact that a ...
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What are the laws of workers

The seventh chapter of Bava Metzia (in the Talmud) is called "One Who Hires Laborers", and is dedicated to this topic. Which in turn are codified by Rambam and the Shulchan Aruch in their ...
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What are the laws of workers

There are indeed many laws about how a Jewish employer should treat employees. By way of an introduction to the topic, see this series of three articles entitled Decent Working Conditions by Rabbi Dr. ...
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Where is the Rambam buried?

The Seder HaDorot writes explicitly that the rambam was buried in Tiberias.
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Sefer HaMitzvot and Sefer HaChinuch: Which should I study?

The Sefer HaChinuch explains the 613 mitzvot, specifically it brings for each mitzva its source and a short explanation the purpose of the mitzva (some of it anyway) some of its laws with references ...
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Chain of Transmission between Nachum and Rabbi Meyasha

A: The Rambam you quoted is not in order of when they lived. For example it has Reb Eliezer the son of Reb Yossi Hagleli and then around 30 names later Reb Yossi Hagleli. Clearly the list is not in ...
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Where I can find the Iggeret Hashemad of the Rambam online in English?

Maimonides or Rambam letter on Apostasy, aka Maimonides Epistle on Apostasy. Hebrew edition: https://www.sefaria.org/Iggerot_HaRambam%2C_Maamar_Kiddush_HaShem?lang=bi Below are updated links of people ...
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Why is the ger toshav only accepted during the times of the Jubilee?

The Gemara has the same question: Rabbi Shimon ben Elazar says: The halakhot pertaining to a gentile who resides in Eretz Yisrael and observes the seven Noahide mitzvot [ger toshav] apply only during ...
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Did the Rambam really say it's asur to believe foolish things?

I think the first half of the Moreh's third section makes a stronger statement: According to the Rambam, all of halakhah is for the following three purposes: 1- To train someone away from foolishness ...
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Did the Rambam really say it's asur to believe foolish things?

Maimonides hated all superstition with a passion, but made allowances to set people's minds at ease. He wrote: A person bitten by a scorpion or serpent may whisper a charm over the wound even on the ...
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Marry an elderly woman

While the Rambam does not regularly list his sources, he bases himself on sources. The many commentaries on the Rambam do discuss his sources. A good approach could be to learn Mishneh Torah from a ...
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Does the fact that G-d rewards and punishes show that there must be free will?

The same Rambam explains that yes, reward and punishment is a consequence, but it's not a consequence of nature, but a consequence of Hashem's Justice. השפט כל הארץ לא יעשה משפט Shall the whole world'...
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