This afternoon (5/13/21 at YBT) in our Rambam Bekius chavurah we INTENDED to finish the next two paragraphs about silence. We began, as usual, by reviewing what we did last time. I even recorded a 60-second recap yesterday to make sure that we'd review efficiently. What ended up happening instead? Basically, we ended up tackling a bunch of fundamental questions that we had raised earlier, and - using silence as our test-case - we refined and overhauled our understanding of the whole system of Hilchos Deios. You can plan how shiur is going to go, but ultimately, the learning will take you wherever it wants. I'm happy with how things turned out, and I think the other guys are as well.
רמב"ם - משנה תורה: ספר המדע, הלכות דעות ב:ד
רמב"ם - ספר המצוות, השורש התשיעי
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