Rambam Bekius

Conduct of Chachamim in Drinking, Intercourse, Bathrooms, and Speech (Hilchos Deios 5.3-7)

June 09, 2021 Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss
Rambam Bekius
Conduct of Chachamim in Drinking, Intercourse, Bathrooms, and Speech (Hilchos Deios 5.3-7)
Show Notes

This afternoon (6/9/21 at YBT) in our Rambam Bekius chavurah we continued the chapter about how talmidei chachamim should conduct themselves in the particulars of their lives, which covered the topics listed in the title. The most interesting thing (to me, anyway) was how the Rambam classified the many statements of Chazal on these topics. Certain statements we had assumed were standard for all people, but the Rambam codified them in this perek, which means that they're for chachamim. Other statements appeared to belong in a different halacha, and his codification in a different context led to a different interpretation.
רמב"ם - משנה תורה: ספר המדע, הלכות דעות ה:ג-ז
Seneca: Letter #5
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