Daily Rambam Tweets
Book Eleven Sefer Nezikin Book of Damages
Book Twelve Sefer Kinyan Book of Acquisitions
Book Thirteen Sefer Mishpatim Book of Judgments
A: Moshe got from God all Laws explicitly; Torah written, rest orally. Transmitted thru generations. List until R’ Ashi.
B: Besides leaders, each generation had 1000s also transmitting, until Talmud, dispersion, then different traditions.
C: All must follow Talmud. Geonim wrote responsa. My Mishne Torah only book beside Torah that need. 1108 yrs post-Temple.
A: List of positive commands (Mitzvot Aseh) from number 1 until number 83; of 248 Aseh; of 613 total.
B: List of positive commands (Mitzvot Aseh) from number 83 until number 166; of 248 Aseh; of 613 total.
C: List of positive commands (Mitzvot Aseh) from number 167 until number 248; of 248 Aseh; of 613 total.
D: List of prohibitions (Mitzvot Lo Ta’aseh) from number 1 until number 122; of 365 Lo Ta’aseh; of 613 total.
E: List of prohibitions (Mitzvot Lo Ta’aseh) from number 123 until number 244; of 365 Lo Ta’aseh; of 613 total.
F: List of prohibitions (Mitzvot Lo Ta’aseh) from number 245 until number 365; of 365 Lo Ta’aseh; of 613 total.
A: 1. Mada (Knowledge/Basic), 2. Ahava (Love/Constant), 3. Zmanim (Times/Festivals), 4. Nashim (Women/Marriage).
B: 5. Kedusha (Holiness), 6. Haflaa (Utterances), 7. Zraim (Fields), 8. Avoda (Temple), 9. Korbanot (Sacrifices).
C: 10. Tahara(Purity), 11. Nezikim(Damages), 12. Kinyan(Property), 13. Mishpatim(Judgement), 14. Shoftim(Judges).
Book One – Sefer Mada Book of Knowledge
1:11 God has no body, form; no connection, separation, place or measure. Not in time; no start or end. No change.
2:9 All existence aside from God, from influence of God’s truth. God knows everything, nothing hidden from Him.
3:9 Stars & spheres have soul, knowledge, intellect. Alive & recognize God. Know less than angels, more than men.
4:9 Soul isn’t of elements. Body dies, decomposes, soul remains. Knows things above matter, God, exists forever.
5:5 Gentiles tell group of Jews: “Give us one of you to kill, or we kill you all,” allow selves to be killed.
6:2 7 names of God: YHVH (also ADNY), El, Elo’ah, Elohim, Elohai, Shaddai, Tzvaot. Erase even 1 letter, lashed.
7:1 God conveys prophecy to man. Only on wise sages, strong character/mind, mind overcomes natural inclinations.
8:1 Mt Sinai revelation source of belief in Moses’ prophecy. Our eyes saw, our ears heard, Voice of God to Moses.
9:3 Proven prophet (i.e. Elijah) can order temporary violation of commandments, except for permitting idolatry.
10:4 True prophet if future positive predictions always come true. God can revert on negative predictions (Yona).
1:4 Straight path: midpoint of character traits: not angry, not unfeeling; not stingy, not spender; not elated, not sad.
2:1 Morally ill love bad traits, hate good path, lazy to follow it. Cure: go to wise, soul-healers, teach them good path.
3:3 “Know God in all your ways.” Every act, eating, working, sleeping, intimacy, should be to better serve & know God.
4:15 Idle, doesn’t exercise, even eats properly, will always have pain. Overeating is like poison & main cause of illness.
5:3 If gets drunk, is a sinner, shameful & will lose his wisdom. If gets drunk in front of others, desecrates God’s name.
6:1 Person is influenced by friends, will follow local norms. Should be in company of wise & live in town of righteous.
7:3 3 sins gets punished in this world, no portion in next: idolatry, forbidden relations & murder. Gossip is = to all 3.
1:8 Every Jewish man obligated to study Torah: rich, poor, healthy, sick, young or old. Need fixed time day & night.
2:5 Up to 25 students per teacher. 25 to 40 students, teacher + assistant. >40 students, split to 2 teachers.
3:3 There is no other mitzva from out of all the mitzvas that is equal to Torah study. Torah study is equal to all.
4:1 Don’t learn from teacher who doesn’t follow proper path, even if he’s very wise, until returns to proper path.
5:1 Just as honors dad, must also honor Torah teacher, even more. Dad brought into this world, teacher into next.
6:1 Mitzva to respect every Torah sage, even if not one’s teacher. Stand for him when within 4 cubits until passes.
7:13 Practice of early generations pious: hear their shame, not answer; pardon, forgive person who insulted them.
1:1 Idolatry’s start: Enosh’s time, people worshiped God’s servants, the stars & spheres, built temples, sacrifices.
2:1 Can’t serve any creation; even if knows that God is true God, but worships intermediaries, it’s still idolatry.
3:3 Always liable if bow, slaughter, sacrifice or libation, no matter what the normal form of serving that idol is.
4:1 City incited to idolatry (Ir Hanidahat): inciters executed by stoning; inhabitants that worshiped, decapitated.
5:3 Don’t warn idolatry-inciter; only sinner that we entrap. If incites in front of 2 men, witnesses, inciter stoned.
6:3 Idolatry of Molech: lit fire, gave kid to priest, priest returns kid, dad carries kid between flames. Gets Karet.
7:1 Positive command to destroy idols, accessories & anything made for them. Must eradicate from land of Israel.
8:9 Idol that belongs to a Jew can never be nullified. Forbidden to benefit from it forever. Must be entombed.
9:8 Can’t sell item to idolaters if can harm others: bears, lions, weapons, fetters, chains. Can’t sharpen weapons.
10:1 If see an idol worshiper being swept away, drowning in river, in any danger, don’t help; but don’t cause death.
11:16 If believe in validity of occult arts, astrology, etc. foolish, feeble-minded, underdevelopment intellect.
12:7 Beard has 5 corners: upper & lower cheek on both sides & chin. Prohibited to shave w/ razor. Ok w/ scissors.
1:4 Repentance atones all sins, immediately or over time. Depends how severe. May suffer, need Yom Kipur or death.
2:10 Can’t refuse to be appeased. Forgive w/ whole heart. Don’t seek revenge or bear grudge. Jew’s path, upright spirit.
3:6 No next world: atheists; infidels; deny Torah, resurrection, Messiah; apostate; cause many to sin; leave community.
4:5 Sins that person continues to commit, difficult to abandon: gossip; slander; short temper; evil thoughts & friends.
5:2 All have free will to be righteous/wicked, wise/foolish, merciful/cruel, miserly/ generous or any other traits.
6:5 When God says something will happen in future, man still has free will. Man can’t understand how God knows future.
7:3 Also need to repent from bad traits like anger, hate, envy, frivolity, pursuit of money & honor, gluttony, etc.
8:2 World to come: no: body, eating, sitting, sleeping, death, sadness. Eternal joy. Will understand truth of Godliness.
9:1 If fulfill Torah w/ joy, meditate on its wisdom at all times, God will remove all obstacles & grant good to fulfill.
10:3 Ideal love of God: lovesick. Just as lovesick for a woman, obsessed, never stops thinking of her, more for God.
End Book One — Sefer Mada – Book of Knowledge
Besides the popular Daf Yomi, the daily learning of a folio of the Babylonian Talmud, there are a variety of other daily study schedules. Another one that is gaining popularity in Israel now is the daily study of Maimonides’ magnum opus, the Mishnah Torah. The Rambam Yomi as it’s called involves the study of one chapter a day and completes the entire book in approximately three years. In many senses study of the Rambam is faster and easier. The Mishnah Torah is written in Hebrew which is typically easier than the Aramaic of the Talmud (and there are links to English translations below), furthermore each chapter is generally shorter and more concise than a folio of Talmud. Please feel free to send comments, corrections, feedback, etc. directly to me at bentzispitz at gmail dot com.