Rambam Bekius

Treatment of Widows and Orphans + Bein Adam l'Chaveiro (Hilchos Deios 6:10; Moreh 3:54)

June 17, 2021 Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss
Rambam Bekius
Treatment of Widows and Orphans + Bein Adam l'Chaveiro (Hilchos Deios 6:10; Moreh 3:54)
Show Notes

This afternoon (6/17/21 at YBT) in our Rambam Bekius chavurah we concluded the sixth chapter of Hilchos Deios, which is about the treatment of widows and orphans. In the remaining time we took up a question that was raised yesterday: According to the Rambam, if yedias Hashem (knowledge of God) is the ultimate perfection, then where do mitzvos bein adam l'chaveiro (interpersonal commandments) fit in? We answered this question by reading - in bekius fashion - the final ideas in the Moreh ha'Nevuchim, which made for a fitting conclusion to the last Rambam Bekius shiur of the 2020-2021 academic year. Tune in next time, at the end of July and beginning of August (bg"h) for our brief summer session, in which we will take up the 7th and final chapter of Hilchos Deios!
רמב"ם - ספר המצוות, לא תעשה רנו
רמב"ם - משנה תורה: ספר המדע, הלכות דעות ו:י
רמב"ם - מורה הנבוכים ג:נד
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Rambam Resources:
- Mechon Mamre: the most accurate complete edition of the Mishneh Torah available online for free
- AlHaTorah: excellent site overall, and reliable for the first three books of the Mishneh Torah, as well as the Shelat edition of the Rambam's commentary on the Mishnah and other works of the Rambam
- 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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