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Lawrence Kaplan in this article argues that Rambam’s decision to split Mishneh Torah into 14 sefarim actually came at a fairly late stage in the work’s development. Thus, the introduction originally contained the first listing of the mitzvot only. When Rambam subsequently decided to split the halachot into sefarim, rather than rewriting the introduction, he ...


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In the first listing he gives the Scriptural source for each one (which fits with his view, in the Shorashim prefaced to his Sefer Hamitzvos, that the 613 don't include Rabbinical enactments or (generally) those derived from the 13 principles of Torah exegesis); in the second one he doesn't. (In the Rambam La'Am edition, they did combine these two listings: ...


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Hashem has as much relevance to space, location and shape as does the concept of "1 + 1 = 2". Can you say where is "1 + 1 = 2"? On the one hand, you can't go to where this math truth resides, how much volume it occupies. It's meaningless to ask how many corners it has, or the shape of its curves. On the other, there is nowhere you can be ...


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It would be particularly offensive to God to return to Egypt using the very same path God chose to liberate us from there. It's like rubbing it in. Aside: Having been born and raised in Egypt until forced out at age 18, and seeing Egypt judenrein (Jew-free) today for the first time in history, I believe the commandment not to live in Egypt ever again meant ...


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The reference to R. Abraham is presumably to what he writes in Milchamot Hashem (p. 43-44 in the MHK edition). ושמעתי על הרב רבנו שמשון ז"ל שהיה בעכו שלא ראינו אותו מפני שלא עבר עלינו שמענו עליו אחר פטירתו ועל אחד מתלמידיו שחלק על דברי אבא מרי ז"ל במקצת דבריו שלא נסתיימו הדברים אצלנו כי לא חקרנו עליהם ואמרנו בלבנו אם הדבר אמת יאכלו פרי מעלליהם ...


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