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Make Judaism’s greatest thinker and Halachic scholar part of your life. Rabbi Scott Kahn presents two halachot from the Rambam’s Mishneh Torah every weekday.

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    • Religion & Spirituality

Make Judaism’s greatest thinker and Halachic scholar part of your life. Rabbi Scott Kahn presents two halachot from the Rambam’s Mishneh Torah every weekday.

    MAIMONIDES MINUTE SPECIAL: The Cause and the Caused (Dvar Torah for Parashat Yitro)

    MAIMONIDES MINUTE SPECIAL: The Cause and the Caused (Dvar Torah for Parashat Yitro)

    If the Ten Commandments are part of the Torah - and if every part of the Torah is equally important - why were they given separately? What function do the Tablets have that distinguish them from the other mitzvot of the Torah?

    • 7 min
    Hilchot Shabbat 12:5-6 (When a Torah catches on fire)

    Hilchot Shabbat 12:5-6 (When a Torah catches on fire)

    A fire may not be extinguished on Shabbat unless there is danger to life. Is there anything that a person may do in order to at least prevent the fire from spreading further?

    • 3 min
    Hilchot Shabbat 12:3-4 (Can you extinguish a fire when a house is burning?)

    Hilchot Shabbat 12:3-4 (Can you extinguish a fire when a house is burning?)

    If a house is burning on Shabbat, may a person extinguish the fire if it poses no danger to life? If not, what methods may a person employ in order to limit the fire?

    • 2 min
    Hilchot Shabbat 12:1-2 (Burning Down the House)

    Hilchot Shabbat 12:1-2 (Burning Down the House)

    Why is a person who sets his friend's house on fire liable for breaking Shabbat, whereas one is generally exempt if he does something in a destructive manner?

    • 4 min
    Hilchot Shabbat 11:15-17 (Drawing and underlining)

    Hilchot Shabbat 11:15-17 (Drawing and underlining)

    If a person writes with an ink that is not permanent, or on a material that will not maintain the ink, is he liable? Is a person liable if he draws a picture on Shabbat, or does the prohibition of writing only apply to letters?

    • 4 min
    Hilchot Shabbat 11:13-14 (Writing in an unusual way, and editing an existing letter)

    Hilchot Shabbat 11:13-14 (Writing in an unusual way, and editing an existing letter)

    The Rambam taught that someone who writes two letters on Shabbat is liable, but is exempt for writing only one letter. Today he explains that editing a single letter so that it becomes two letters makes a person liable, as well. But what does the Rambam say about editing a single letter so that it becomes a different letter rather than two letters? The answer is not obvious.

    • 3 min

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