This afternoon (5/24/21 at YBT) in our Rambam Bekius chavurah we had yet another workout trying to work out what the Rambam was saying in his halachos about divrei chalakos u'pitui (words of smoothtalking and seduction), achas ba'peh v'achas ba'leiv (duplicity), and geneivas daas (trickery). This proved to be quite the Rubik's cube of terminology. By the end, we think we got it. You can be the judge of that!
רמב"ם - משנה תורה: ספר המדע, הלכות דעות ב:ו
אבות א:יב עם פירוש הרמב"ם
משלי א:יא-יד; ז:ז-כא
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