Oxford Jewish Thought

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by Rabbi Eli Brackman

Table manners in the Oxford Huntington manuscript of Maimonides

One area of Jewish law that is of practical relevance but is also of a complex nature: the extensive institutions of blessings that the rabbis ordained to be recited in praise of G-d over numerous details of our daily lives. This includes blessings before and after eating; blessings on Mitzvot, for example before reading from the Torah; and on the wonders and joys of the natural world: upon seeing lightening, hearing thunder, the sighting of a rainbow and many more.


This essay will look at two things: firstly, a variation between two texts in the same standard Mishneh Torah printed edition, and secondly, a variation found in the Oxford Huntington manuscript of Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah pertaining to the laws of blessings comp… Read More »

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