Rambam – Daily Study
The Rambam Initiative
Daily study of Rambam was instituted by the Lubavitcher Rebbe in the year 5744 (1984). The initiative came with three tracks (levels), so that every Jewish person, man, woman and child, can participate at some level.
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The Lubavitcher Rebbe declared that learning Mishneh Torah is unique in that it is Halacha, Torah Law, which every Jew must be familiar with, and that it (is the only compilation that) encompasses all areas of Torah law, even laws that pertain to the Temple and the arrival of Moshaich. In this way, the Rebbe continued, one can fulfill the obligation of learning the entire Torah.
How It’s Done
One learns every single day of the year a portion of Rambam’s Mishneh Torah. Beginning with the Rambam’s introduction to MIshneh Torah, list of Commandments, and detailed content outline to the 14 books that comprise the Mishneh Torah. Occasionally, the portion will include a unique addition of Rambam, such as Rambam’s Liturgy of Prayer or Hagadah for Pesach.
If you are not using Chayenu or any other study guide, it is advisable to follow the study cycle with a study guide (Moreh Shiur) so that you maintain the correct pattern. Click here for Moreh Shiur in Hebrew
Three Chapter A Day Track
The Rambam initiative called for an annual completion of the entire Mishneh Torah. The Lubavitcher Rebbe explained that just as the Torah is completed every year, so too the Mishneh Torah (lit., the repetition of Torah) should be completed every year.
In order to follow such a schedule it was enacted that every day 3 chapters of the Mishneh Torah should be studied in sequence.
One Chapter A Day Track
Not everyone is capable of studying three chapters of Mishneh Torah each day, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, therefore, introduced the Rambam initiative with an additional distinct track: Studying only one chapter a day.
In this track the learner will complete the entire MIshneh Torah in under three years.
[Note: Although the Rambam initiative’s primary track was to study each day three chapters and complete the entire Mishnah Torah annually, the Lubavitcher Rebbe once stated: For those who study one chapter of Rambam a day, I wish to stress and clarify, that they should not be downhearted because they study only one chapter daily. First of all, one should never be downhearted in relation to Torah study… And keep this thought in mind: for those who study one chapter of Rambam every day it is considered as great an accomplishment as those who study three chapters a day; for each person is measured according to his own ability (Shabbos Zachor, 5745).]
Sefer Hamitzvos Track
Even one chapter of a book of detailed law can be difficult for some, especially children, the Lubavitcher Rebbe therefore added an even simpler track to the Rambam initiative, in which one learns the Sefer Hamitzvos (Book of Commandments) authored by the Rambam. In his Sefer Hamitzvos Rambam enumerates all the 613 Biblical Commandments upon which Divine worship is based on, and elaborates on the primary details of the commandments.
[Note: The study of the Sefer Hamitzvos track runs parallel to a 3 chapter a day track. Therefore, the commandments are not learnt in sequence, rather, one learns the commandments that are elaborated upon in the 3 chapter track of that day.]
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The One chapter a day track and Sefer Hamizvos track is found in the standard Chayenu, to order Click Here
Rambam In Your Chayenu
Chayenu has gone to great lengths to add the following features, to make it more user friendly:
- Includes vowels in the Hebrew
- Reformatted the entire Rambam, with Hebrew and English side-by-side on the same page, for easier cross-reference
- Transliteration included for better understanding
- Literal translations are formatted in bold text for easy identification
- Each Halacha (Paragraph of law) is its own paragraph
- Longer Halachas are split up for easier reading
- Additional commentary and further explanation of the law in footnotes
- Includes a synopsis of each chapter of Rambam, for easy review of the Chapter’s topic
- Includes occasional diagrams and charts.
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