The Importance of Hebrew

by R. Gidon Rothstein The Importance of Praying in Hebrew and the Push Towards Fixed Prayer This is the last of our random sample of places Rambam inserts aggadic material into Mishneh Torah. Next time, I hope to review them briefly, to see if any themes or ideas characterize them all. Here, let’s look at his understanding of how fixed ...

Read More »

Avraham Finding Hashem and Spreading the Word

by R. Gidon Rothstein Aggada Becomes Halachah: Avraham Finding Hashem and Spreading the Word As I mentioned last time, this series examines places where Rambam lets Aggadah or Midrash—meaning, sections of Talmudic literature not obviously meant as prescriptive or focused on halachah—nonetheless shape his presentation of Torah law. Because I am not nearly the expert in Rambam I would wish, ...

Read More »