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Mishne Torah, R. Moses ben Maimon (Rambam), Rome 1480 facimile, 1955

משנה תורה

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  • Lot Number 51883
  • Title (English) Mishne Torah
  • Title (Hebrew) משנה תורה
  • Author R. Moses ben Maimon (Rambam)
  • City Jerusalem
  • Publisher מוסד הרב קוק
  • Publication Date 1955
  • Estimated Price - Low 200
  • Estimated Price - High 500

  • Item # 2055017
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Physical Description

Facsimile edition. 35, [2], 793, X, [1], [2 facsimiles] pp., folio, 334:238 mm., light age staining. A very good copy bound in the original cloth over boards.


Detail Description

Facimile copy of the 1480 Rome edition of the Mishne Torah.The Mishneh Torah, subtitled Sefer Yad ha-Hazaka (ספר יד החזקה "Book of the Strong Hand"), is a code of Jewish religious law (Halakha) authored by Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, also known as RaMBaM or "Rambam", one of history's foremost rabbis. The Mishneh Torah was compiled between 1170 and 1180 (4930–4940), while RaMBaMwas living in Egypt, and is regarded as RaMBaM's' magnum opus. Accordingly, later sources simply refer to the work as "Maimon", "Maimonides" or "RaMBaM", although he composed other works.

Mishneh Torah consists of fourteen books, subdivided into sections, chapters, and paragraphs. It is the only Medieval-era work that details all of Jewish observance, including those laws that are only applicable when the Holy Temple is in existence, and remains an important work in Judaism. Its title is an appellation originally used for the Biblical book of Deuteronomy, and its subtitle, "Book of the Strong Hand," derives from its subdivision into fourteen books: the numerical value fourteen, when represented as the Hebrew letters Yod (10) Dalet (4), forms the word yad ("hand").

Maimonides intended to provide a complete statement of the Oral Law, so that a person who mastered first the Written Torah and then the Mishneh Torah would be in no need of any other book. Contemporary reaction was mixed, with strong and immediate opposition focusing on the absence of sources and the belief that the work appeared to be intended to supersede study of the Talmud. Maimonides responded to these criticisms, and the Mishneh Torah endures as an influential work in Jewish religious thought. According to several authorities, a decision may not be rendered in opposition to a view of Maimonides, even where he apparently militated against the sense of a Talmudic passage, for in such cases the presumption was that the words of the Talmud were incorrectly interpreted. Likewise: "One must follow Maimonides even when the latter opposed his teachers, since he surely knew their views, and if he decided against them he must have disapproved their interpretation.
Added t.p.: Mishneh Torah... of Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon <Maimonides>. A new edition photographed from the Rome edition of the year 5240 <1480>. With an introduction by Rabbi Jehudah Leib Hakohen Maimon...

Hebrew Description

... מהדורה חדשה מצולמת מדפוס רומי ר"מ  (גם... א. ציון סימני ההלכות ... ב. תוכן יד הספרים. ג. מפתח הענינים לפי סדר א"ב, שנדפס במשנה תורה דפוס ויניציאה של"ד-של"ו, תוקן והושלם על ידינו. ד. פקסימיליות מדפוסים ראשונים)..

במבוא, בעיקר בפרק הדן במקורות לפסקי הרמב"ם (עמ' 26-13), מביא הרב מימון מקורות לפסקים רבים, ומעתיק גם (בעמ' 16-14) את ההקדמה לספר יסוד משנה תורה, לר' יהודה אלבוטיני, מתוך כתב-יד. מקורות נוספים לפסקי הרמב"ם וקטעים נוספים מספר יסוד משנה תורה פורסמו בספר הר"מ במז"ל; קובץ... למלאת שבע מאות וחמשים שנה לפטירת הרב רבנו משה בן מימון זכרונו לברכה, ירושלים תשט"ו,.



Tidhar, 4 (1950), 1720–21; 17 (1968), 5247; Kressel, Leksikon, 2 (1967), 419–20;; CD-NLI 0150148; Wikipedia