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Completion of the first study cycle of Maimonides’ code of Jewish law, the Mishneh Torah.
This farbrengen was held on the Rebbe’s birthday in 1985 and also marked the first Siyum Harambam, the closure of the yearly cycle of studying the Mishneh Torah, the magnum opus of Maimonides.
11 Nissan, 5745 · April 2, 1985
Maimonides concludes his code of law, the Mishneh Torah, by describing the era of Moshiach as a time of peace, abundance and enlightenment. All luxuries will be readily available, and yet they will be esteemed in man’s eyes as the dust. As such, we will devote ourselves totally to the study of Torah.
11 Nissan, 5745 · April 2, 1985
Maimonides concludes his code of Jewish law, the Mishneh Torah: “In the Era of Moshiach… there will be no occupation in the whole world except to know G-d alone. Therefore, the Jews will be great sages, knowing the hidden matters and grasping their Creator to the full extent possible for man – as it is written, ‘For the knowledge of G-d will fill the earth as water covers the sea.’”
19 Kislev, 5745 • December 14, 1984
Maintaining purity through restraint, even where it is not ritually necessary, is one of the greatest virtues.
20 Menachem Av, 5741 • August 20, 1981
Maimonides states that Torah was given, “only to bring peace to the world” – “Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.” Division can never lead to peace.
Purim, 5747 • March 15, 1987
The Talmud teaches: “A mentor must be like an angel of G-d.” In his code of Jewish law, Maimonides offers a clue to the conduct of an angel.
23 Adar, 5750 • March 20, 1990
Maimonides rules that the single action of a single person has the power to redeem the entire world. It is analogous to a balance sheet in business...
25 Tishrei, 5751-1990 - 5 Cheshvan, 5752-1991
The Rebbe is presented with a Kapach edition of the Rambam. The Rebbe thanks the compilers, and requests to receive the future volumes as well. As for a recommendation-letter, use the one that was sent for the first volume.
Rabbi Asaf & Mr. Baturie
Maimonides used three distinct signatures depending on the subject matter of the writing. From this, one can learn of Maimonides’ extreme attention to detail.
Rabbi Dr. Yitzchak Hurwitz – Yeshiva University 9 Nissan, 5748-1988
20 Teves is the Rambam’s Yahrtzeit.
Rabbi Hurwitz presents the Rebbe with his most recent work on the Rambam. The Rebbe encourages him to continue, and blesses him with “Rambam Nachas.”
9 Nissan, 5748 · March 27, 1988
From Maimonides’ Laws of Personal Conduct one can understand what true Nachas is. Teach those laws to your son, and may you have true Nachas from him.
12 Tammuz, 5740 · June 26, 1980
In discussing the essence of prayer, Maimonides explains that whenever a Jew is in need of anything, he is obligated to pray. But what gives a human the right to ask and expect his needs from G-d?
A Vision of a Perfect World
At the conclusion of his magnum opus, Mishneh Torah, Maimonides describes the world as it will be after the coming of Moshiach by saying "the sole occupation of the whole world will be to know G-d." What kind of reality does this describe? Is it something we can envision now?
A Textual Analysis of Maimonides' Mishneh Torah
A precise textual analysis of ch. 4, halacha 1 of Rambam's "Laws of the Chosen House" (Hilchos Beis HaBechira) considers the historical role of the Ark in the Temple as well as its location today. (Based on Likutei Sichos vol. 21)
Why do historical accounts appear in Maimonides' legal code?
An analysis of Maimonides' use of historiography as an introduction to law. Examples from the Laws of Foreign Worship, the Laws of Megillah and Chanukah, and from the closing chapter of Mishneh Torah.
Rabbi Shmuel Butman recalls the day the Rebbe called him to his house, requesting that he publish a book commemorating the worldwide celebrations of the annual completion of the Mishneh Torah. His due date? Three weeks. (1980s)
Celebrating the Daily Study of Maimonides from All Four Corners of the World
This online webcast celebrates the completion of the daily study cycle of Maimonides' 14-volumes of Mishneh Torah, as well as the study cycle of Sefer HaMitzvot.
Concluding the Worldwide Daily Study of Maimonides
This special webcast celebrates the completion of the daily study of Maimonides' 14-volumes of Mishneh Torah.
Completing the Daily Study of Maimonides
This special webcast celebrates the completion of the daily study of Maimonides' 14-volumes of Mishneh Torah. Live from Toronto, Canada. Host: Rabbi Mendel Kaplan.
Completing the Daily Study of Maimonides
This special webcast celebrates the completion of the daily study of Maimonides' 14-volumes of Mishneh Torah. Four distinguished presenters speak about the importance of studying Maimonides' work: Rabbi Manis Friedman (S. Paul, MN), Rabbi Mendel Kaplan (Toronto, ON), Rabbi Yehuda Leib Schapiro (Miami Beach, FL), and Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon (Encino, CA)
Daily Study of Mishneh Torah
Completing the daily study of Maimonides' Mishneh Torah and starting again, Rabbi Kaplan reads the final law of Maimonides' 14-volume legal code, the first law, and then explains the connection between them (3/30/2011).
Studies in Maimonides: Lesson 2
Maimonides' early writings, including his Commentary on the Mishnah and his Sefer HaMitzvot.
Studies in Maimonides: Lesson 3
A perspective for understanding the sheer magnitude of Maimonides' accomplishments in codifying the entire body of Jewish law.
Studies in Maimonides: Lesson 4
A description of the style and format Maimonides chose for composing his magnum opus, the complete codex of Jewish law known as Mishneh Torah.
Studies in Maimonides: Lesson 5
An overview of Maimonides' major theological treatise, its objectives, its structure and its historical context.
Studies in Maimonides: Lesson 6
A critical examination of Maimonides' famed idealization of reason and intellect as a theme throughout his works.
Studies in Maimonides: Lesson 7
Maimonides' response to the contemporary criticism, and even fierce opposition, to his works.
20 Tevet, 5749-1988 This week we conclude the 21st study cycle of Maimonides.
The Rambam compiled the Mishna Torah, is a summary of the entire Torah and many generations of codifications and commentaries. The Rebbe then teaches the Last Halacha, concluding the Rambam.
A taste of Shazak Parsha, where the weekly Torah portion comes alive! Geared for kids... Great for adults!
Maimonides rules in his Laws of Partnerships: If one person owns eggs, and another has chickens, and the two enter into a partnership for the latter’s chickens to warm the eggs until they hatch, the eventual profits are to be divided between them. Until then, the egg-owner must provide food and compensation to the chicken farmer.
In a letter to one of his disciples, Maimonides describes the taxing daily schedule he endured as court physician to the sultan of Egypt. It not only drained him to the point of exhaustion, it also left him nearly no time to pursue the true joy of his life: Torah study.
The windows in the Temple were designed to be narrow on the inside and wide on the outside, representing the fact that its purpose is to shine outward and share the light with the rest of the world. The goblets in the Temple Menorah also symbolize this idea.
“On the day that a Tzaddik passes away all his life’s work is revealed – “and effects salvation throughout the world.” How much more so in regard to Maimonides, who taught the entire Torah to “young and old alike.”
Maimonides on the Role of Monarchy
An overview of traditional Jewish sources on the pros and cons of autocratic rule with a special emphasis given to the opinion of Maimonides.
An overview of the work Sefer Hachakirah
A detailed look at Sefer Ha'chakirah, a book of philosophy by the third Chabad rebbe, the Tzemach Tzedek. Examining how the Tzemach Tzedek uses his own ideas as well as the works of other Jewish philosophers such as Maimonides and Joseph Albo to prove divine creation.
The most renowned of the Jewish medieval scholars, Maimonides indelibly changed the face of Judaism. Read about his scholarship and achievements, and the modern-day global campaign to incorporate his teachings into every Jew’s daily study schedule.
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