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New Online English Translation Celebrates 25 Years of Rambam Study Cycle

Thursday, 21 May, 2009 - 9:25 am

rambam.jpgTo mark 25 years of the Rambam study cycle, Chabad.org has unveiled a new and exciting multimedia section offering a full online English translation of Maimonides' classic work on Jewish law.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, encouraged every Jewish man, woman and child to add to their Torah learning by studying a portion of Maimonides' compendium of Jewish law, known as the Mishneh Torah.

"Unity among Jews is such an important matter that all efforts must be undertaken to achieve it," he said at a public gathering 1984 announcing the initiative.

"Since one of the principal elements in the study of Rambam is the unity of Jewry, as many Jews as possible, men, women and children, should participate."

Although many people would use the Rambam’s work to supplement their study Talmud and Jewish law, it was not being studied as a text in its own right by the ordinary layman as its author had intended.

"The Rebbe brought Rambam back from being a book for scholars to being a book for the masses to study from," wrote Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the former Sefardi chief rabbi of Israel.

There are three suggested study tracks: a three chapter a day cycle which completes the whole Mishneh Torah in just under one year; a one chapter a day cycle which takes close to three years to complete; and the study of Sefer Hamitzvot – the Book of Commandments – which allows one to cover all 613 commandments in the space of one year.

To make the study of Rambam more accessible, each tack has been made available for daily study on Chabad.org’s with the original Hebrew text as well as Rabbi Eliyahu Touger's fully annotated English translation published by Moznaim. In addition, downloadable English audio classes for each track are available to aid one’s study.

Besides these useful study resources which have been welcomed by scholars and laymen alike, an array of articles detailing the Maimonides’ life and teachings can be found as well as a wide selection of audio and visual resources.

Visit www.chabad.org.uk/rambam to find out more.

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