Rambam Bekius

The Final Word on Silence (Hilchos Deios 2:4-6)

May 20, 2021 Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss
Rambam Bekius
The Final Word on Silence (Hilchos Deios 2:4-6)
Show Notes

This afternoon (5/21/21 at YBT) we resumed our Rambam Bekius chavurah after a week's hiatus. We focused on the last two paragraphs in the Rambam about the deah of silence, and arrived at some nice ideas. (FYI, the title of this shiur is a joke based on something we said in the shiur itself.) We started working on 2:6, about geneivas daas (trickery), pitui (seduction), and echad ba'peh v'echad ba'lev (lack of integrity), but we'll have to revisit that topic next time.
רמב"ם - משנה תורה: ספר המדע, הלכות דעות ב:ד-ו
Epictetus, Discourses 4.1.128b-129a
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- Daat: features many of the Rambam's writings, including Qafih's translation of the Moreh ha'Nevuchim, complete with footnotes
- Explanatory Essays on The Guide for the Perplexed
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