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The Rambam's tombstone states: "From Moses to Moses, there was no one like Moses." Moses gave the Jews the Torah, the Five books of the Written Law. Moses ben Maimon, the Rambam (1135-1204), wrote the Mishneh Torah to serve as "a compilation of the entire Oral Law, including the ordinances, customs, and decrees that were enacted from the time of Moses, our teacher, until the completion of the Talmud," so that "a person will not need another text at all with regard to any Jewish law." Rather, "a person should first study the Written Law, and then study this text and comprehend the entire Oral Law from it, without having to study any other text between the two."
This great classic is now accessible to an English reader in a free-flowing, but scholarly translation with a vowelized Hebrew text (menukad). It includes a concentrated, yet inclusive commentary that presents a digest of the centuries of Torah scholarship which have been devoted to the study of the Mishneh Torah.
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