Audio Roundup 2022:48

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by Joel Rich

Any thoughts on why the rambam put these 2 thoughts in one seif (giving alms to non-jews and requiring a small gift to any poor person who asks?
רמב”ם הלכות מתנות עניים פרק ז הלכה ז
מפרנסין ומכסין עניי עכו”ם (מד) עם עניי ישראל (מה) מפני דרכי שלום, ועני המחזר על הפתחים (מו) אין נזקקין לו למתנה מרובה (מז) אבל נותנין לו מתנה מועטת, (מח) ואסור להחזיר את העני ששאל ריקם ואפילו אתה נותן לו (מט) גרוגרת אחת שנאמר אל ישוב דך נכלם.


My comment to someone who prefers no secular studies: Only knowing one approach has advantages and disadvantages. You mentioned the advantage, the disadvantage is if you don’t understand somebody else’s world view it’s very hard to interact with them and certainly harder to convince them of anything. That’s even without addressing the basic tools to understand the world around you.

I’m sure the Rabbi is an autodidact but that’s like saying that everybody can be LeBron James Or whomever is the current example of somebody not having to go to school and making it on natural talent
Thoughts?


About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.

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