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Books: Overview of the Mishneh Torah

The entire set of the Mishneh Torah published in Hebrew and English.

 

Shalom, everyone! The following is an overview of the books of the Mishneh Torah compiled by Rabbi Moses Ben Maimon (a/k/a RAMBAM, Maimonides), a codification of halakha, and the various topics discussed in each of these books. The Mishneh Torah consists of 14 books, however, some of the books have been split into smaller volumes today, e.g., Sefer Zemanim (The Book of Seasons) and Sefer Taharah (The Book of Ritual Purity). One may purchase the Mishneh Torah as an entire set, or purchase each book individually. These books are available at most Jewish bookstores online. We recommend the Hebrew/English translation written by Eliyahu Touger because of the valuable footnotes he provides. This version is available for free at Chabad.org , however, it’s good to have the hard copies as well: The Mishneh Torah is also available online at Sefaria.org:

1. Sefer HaMadda (The Book of Knowledge)
(Touger’s translation contains the RAMBAM’s Introduction to the Mishneh Torah, the Enumeration of the Mitzvot, the Positive Commandments, the Negative Commandments, the Rabbinic Commandments, the Division of the Mitzvot According to the Halachot of Mishneh Torah, the Listing of Mitzvot According to the halachot of the Mishneh Torah)

a. Hilchot Yesodei ha-Torah: The Laws [which are] the Foundations of the Torah
b. Hilchot De’ot: The Laws of Personal Development
c. Hilchot Talmud Torah: The Laws of Torah Study
d. Hilchot Avodat Kochavim U Mazalot V’Chukkot HaAkum: The Laws [Governing the Prohibition against] the Worship of Stars and Spiritual Forces, and the Statutes of the Idolaters
e. Hilchot Teshuvah: The Laws of Teshuvah

2. Sefer Ahavah (The Book of Love [of God])

a. Hilchot Kri’at Shema: The Laws of the Recitation of the Shema
b. Hilchot Tefillah U’Virkat Kohanim: The Laws of Prayer and the Priestly Blessing.
c. Hilchot Tefillin U’M’zuzah V’Sefer Torah: The Laws of Tefillin, Mezuzot and Torah Scrolls
d. Hilchot Tzitzit: The Laws of Tzitzit
e. Hilchot Berakhot: The Laws of Blessings
f. Hilchot Milah: The Laws of Circumcision

3. Sefer Zemanim (The Book of Seasons)This book comes in two volumes if purchasing hard copies.

a. Hilchot Shabbat: The Laws of Shabbat
b. Hilchot Eruvin: The Laws of Eruvin
c. HIlchot Sh’vitat Asor: The Laws of Resting on the Tenth Day (Yom Kippur)
d. Hilchot Sh’vitat Yom Tov: The Laws of Resting on Holidays
e. Hilchot Chametz UMatzah: The Laws of Chametz and Matzah (Pesach/Passover, Leaven and Matzah)
f. Hilchot Shofar V’Sukkah V’Lulav: The Laws of Shofar, Sukkah, and Lulav (Rosh HaShanah/Yom Teruah and Sukkot)
g. Hilchot Shekalim: The Laws of the [Half-] Shekel
h. Hilchot Kiddush HaChodesh: The Laws of the Sanctification of the New Month
i. Hilchot Ta’aniot: The Laws of Fasts
j. Hilchot Megillah V’Chanukkah: The Laws of the Megillah and of Chanukah

4. Sefer Nashim (The Book of Women)Some very delicate topics discussed in this book.

a. Hilchot Ishut: The Laws of Marriage
b. Hilchot Gerushin: The Laws of Divorce
c. Hilchot Yibbum Va’Chalitzah: The Laws of Yibbum and Chalitzah (Levirate Marriage)
d. Hilchot Na’arah Betulah: The Laws Pertaining to a Virgin Maiden
e. Hilchot Sotah: The Laws Pertaining Sotah (A woman who has aroused her husband’s jealousy)

5. Sefer Kedushah (The Book of Holiness)

a. Hilchot Issurei Bi’ah: The Laws of Forbidden Intimate Relations
b. Hilchot Ma’achalot Asurot: The Laws of Forbidden Foods
c. Hilchot Shechitah: The Laws of Ritual Slaughter

6. Sefer Hafla’ah (The Book of Utterances)

a. Hilchot Sh’vuot: The Laws of Oaths
b. Hilchot Nedarim: The Laws of Vows
c. Hilchot Nezirut: The Laws of Nazirites
d. Hilchot Arachim V’Charamim: The Laws of Endowment Evaluations and Devotion Offerings

7. Sefer Zera’im (The Book of Agricultural Laws)

a. Hilchot Kilayim: The Laws of Mixing Forbidden Species
b. Hilchot Matmot Ani’im: The Laws of the Gifts to be Given to the Poor
c. Hilchot Teramot: The Laws of Terumah (Offering)
d. Hilchot Ma’asrot: The Laws of Tithes
e. Hilchot Ma’aser Sheni V’Neta Reva’i: The Laws of the Second Tithe and the Produce of the Fourth Year
f. Hilchot Bikkurim: The Laws of the First Fruits
g. Hilchot Shemitah V’Yovel: The Laws of t he Sabbatical and Jubilee Years

8. Sefer Avodah (The Book of [the Temple and its] Service)

a. Hilchot Beit HaBechirah: The Laws of [God’s] Chosen House
b. Hilchot Klei HaMikdash V’HaOvdim Bo: The Laws [Governing] the Temple Utensils and Those who Serve Therein
c. Hilchot Bi’at HaMikdash: The Laws [Governing] Entrance to the Temple
d. Hilchot Issurei Mizbe’ach: The Laws [Governing Animals] Forbidden [to be Sacrificed on] the Altar
e. Hilchot Ma’aseh HaKorbanot: The Laws of the Sacrificial Procedures
f. Hilchot Temidim U’Musafim: The Laws of Daily and Special Offerings
g. Hilchot Pesulei HaHaMukdashim: The Laws of Offerings that have become Unacceptable [for Sacrifice]
h. Hilchot Avodat Yom HaKippurim: The Laws of the Yom Kippur Service
i. Hilchot Me’ilah: The Laws of the Misuse of Sacred Property

9. Sefer Korbanot (The Book of Sacrifices)

a. Hilchot Korban Pesach: The Laws of the Paschal Offering
b. Hilchot Chagigah: The Laws of the Festive Offering
c. Hilchot Bechorot: The Laws of the Firstling Animals
d. Hilchot Shegagot: The Laws of the Offerings [to Atone for] Unintentional Transgression
e. Hilchot Mechusarei Kapparah: The Laws of [the Offerings brought by] those whose Process of Atonement is Incomplete
f. Hilchot Temurah: The Laws of [Offerings which were] Substituted [One for Another]

10. Sefer Taharah (The Book of Ritual Purity)This book comes in two volumes if purchasing hard copies.

a. Hilchot Tum’at Meit: The Laws of the Ritual Impurity Imparted by a Human Corpse
b. Hilchot Parah Adumah: The Laws of [the Purification Process Involving] the Red Heifer
c. Hilchot Tum’at Tzara’at: The Laws of the Ritual Impurity Imparted by Tzara’at
d. Hilchot Metamei Mishkav UMoshav: The Laws of the [Sources of Ritual Impurity] which Impart Impurity to the Places where One Sits and the Places where One Lies
e. Hilchot Sha’ar avot HaTum’ah: The Laws of the Other Categories of Sources of Ritual Impurity
f. Hilchot Tum’at Ochalin: The Laws of the Ritual Impurity Contracted by Foods
g. Hilchot Kelim: The Laws of the [the Ritual Impurity] Contracted by Vessels
h. Hilchot Mikvaot: The Laws of the Mikvaot

11. Sefer Nezikin (The Book of Damages)

a. Hilchot Nizkei Mammon: The Laws of Damage to Property
b. Hilchot Geneivah: The Laws of Theft
c. Hilchot Gezeilah Va’Avedah: The Laws of Robbery and [the Return of] Lost Objects
d. Hilchot Chovel U’Mazik: The Laws of Personal Injury and Damages [Caused Directly by Human Action]
e. Hilchot Rotzeach USh’mirat Nefesh: The Laws of Murder and the Protection of Life

12. Sefer Kinyan (The Book of Acquisition [of Property])

a. Hilchot Mechirah: The Laws Governing Sales
b. Hilchot Zechiyah UMatanah: The Laws Governing the Acquisition of Property and Presents
c. Hilchot Sh’chenim: The Laws Governing [Relations] with Neighbors
d. Hilchot Shluchin VShutafin: The Laws of Agents and Partners
e. Hilchot Avadim: The Laws of Slaves

13. Sefer Mishpatim (The Book of Judgments)

a. Hilchot Sechirut: The of Employer-Employee Relations
b. Hilchot She’lah UFikadon: The Laws of Borrowed and Entrusted Objects
c. Hilchot Malveh and V’Loveh: The Laws of Lenders and Borrowers
d. Hilchot To’en V’Nit’an: The Laws Governing [Disputes between] Plaintiff and Defendants
e. Hilchot Nachalot: The Laws Governing Inheritances

14. Sefer Shoftim (The Book of Judges)

a. Hilchot Sanhedrin V’HaOnshin HaMesurim Lahem: The Laws of the Courts and the Punishments Over which They Have Jurisdiction
b. Hilchot Edut: The Laws of Witnesses
c. Hilchot Mamrim: The Laws of the Rebellious Ones
d. Hilchot Eivel: The Laws of Mourning
e. Hilchot Melachim U Milchamoteihem: The Laws of Kings and Their Wars

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