Rambam Bekius

Assorted Rambams on Bris Milah (Hilchos Milah + Moreh ha'Nevuchim 3:49)

June 07, 2021 Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss
Rambam Bekius
Assorted Rambams on Bris Milah (Hilchos Milah + Moreh ha'Nevuchim 3:49)
Show Notes

This afternoon (6/7/21 at YBT) in our Rambam Bekius chavurah we decided to take a brief break from Hilchos Deios to learn some Rambams about Bris Milah, since there will be a bris in yeshiva tomorrow - the first one I've been to since pre-COVID! We began with the Rambam's four initial presentations of the mitzvah, then we read his explanations for the reason for Bris Milah in the Moreh ha'Nevuchim, and we ended by going over the berachos one says on milah. (We ended the shiur on time and stopped the recording, but we ended up reading through the next few halachos and the last halachos in the third chapter; sorry they weren't recorded!)
רמב"ם - ספר המצות, עשה רטו
רמב"ם - משנה תורה: ספר אהבה, הלכות מילה א:א-ב; ג:א-ג
רמב"ם - מורה הנבוכים ג:מט
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- Mechon Mamre: the most accurate complete edition of the Mishneh Torah available online for free
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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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