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Daily Rambam Study

Daily Rambam Study is an annual study cycle that includes the daily study of Maimonides' magnum opus, Mishneh Torah. The study regimen was initiated by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson in the spring of 1984[1] with three tracks. The first track includes studying three chapters a day, so that the entire fourteen books are completed in less than one year. Participants in the second track study one chapter daily and complete the entire Mishneh Torah in approximately three years. A third track that parallels the three chapter track includes the study of Sefer Hamitzvos.

In establishing the new study cycle, Rabbi Schneerson cited a unique quality of Mishneh Torah that it is inclusive of the entire Torah. By learning Rambam, one effectively learns the entire Torah. If all Jewish people united in the daily study cycle, Jewish unity could be accomplished. This study aims to bring about Torah unity and Jewish unity simultaneously.

The completion of each cycle is celebrated with a Siyum Harambam. Such events are held worldwide with the participation of many thousands of people. These celebrations are attended by Jewish leaders from different communities.

On September 26, 2017 all three tracks completed the Rambam learning cycle. The 3 chapter daily track completed its 36th cycle while the one chapter daily track completed its 12th.

Other Jewish study cycles

Listed in order of composition of text studied, from oldest to most recent.

Weekly Torah portion

Mishnah

Talmud

  • Amud Yomi – daily study of a single folio of the Babylonian Talmud. (This cycle is about 14 year in length)
  • Daf Yomi – daily regimen of studying the Oral Torah and its commentaries (also known as the Gemara), all ,711 pages of the Babylonian Talmud (7½ years). First cycle initiated on the adoption of a resolution on Elul 10, 5683 at the First World Congress of the World Agudath Israel, Vienna, Austria starting from Elul 3, 5683 / August 15, 1923 and which lasted for ten days.[2] The proposal for the study of Daf Hayomi was made on Elul 7 or 9, 5683 (August 19 or 21, 1923) [3] by Rabbi Meir Shapiro, then Rav of Sanok, Poland, and future rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Chachmei Lublin.
  • Yerushalmi Yomi – daily study of the Jerusalem Talmud (4 1/3 -year cycle)

Mishneh Torah (Hebrew: ?‎, "Repetition of the Torah"), subtitled Sefer Yad ha-Hazaka ( "Book of the Strong Hand") – a code of Jewish religious law (Halakha) authored and compiled between 1170 and 1180 by Maimonides (Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, also known as RaMBaM or "Rambam"), one of history's foremost rabbis.

  • Mishneh Torah Yomi – daily study with two simultaneous cycles: 1-year or 3-year cycle

Shulchan Aruch (Hebrew: , literally: "Set Table"). Published in 1565 Section Orach Chayim only - laws of prayer and synagogue, Sabbath, holidays

  • Halacha Yomis – daily study cycle intitiatewd around 1950 (4-year cycle)

The Tanya

  • The Tanya (Hebrew: ?) is an early work of Hasidic philosophy, by Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of Chabad Hasidism, first published in 1797. Composed of five sections that define Hasidic mystical psychology and theology as a handbook for daily spiritual life in Jewish observance, the Tanya is the main work of the Chabad philosophy and the Chabad approach to Hasidic mysticism, as it defines its general interpretation and method. Its formal title is Likkutei Amarim ( , Hebrew, "collection of statements"), but is more commonly known by its opening word, Tanya, which means "it was taught in a beraita (literally outside)." This term designates traditions and teachings in the Jewish oral law "outside" of the six orders of the Mishnah. - daily study (1 year cycle)

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch – a summary of the Shulchan Aruch of Joseph Karo with reference to later commentaries first published in 1864

Chafetz Chayim and Shemiras Halashon

  • Chafetz Chayim ( ? "Seeker/Desirer [of] Life"), the magnum opus of Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan (1828-1933), first published in 1873, dealing with the Biblical laws of gossip and slander (known in Hebrew as Lashon Hara, meaning "Evil tongue"), and is considered THE authoritative source on Jewish ethics and laws of speech. Also included in this cycle is the Shemiras Halashon (trans., "Power of Speech") by the same author.

Mishnah Berurah (Hebrew: ? ‎ "Clarified Teaching") – a work of halakha first published in 1904 by Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan of Poland, (1838-1933), also colloquially known by the name of another of his books, Chofetz Chaim "Desirer of Life".

  • Mishnah Berurah Yomit – daily study (Two evidently simultaneous cycles: 2½-year or 5-year cycle) There also exists daily study cycles of one or three years.

Others

See also

For other study cycles, see Torah study#Study cycles

References

  1. ^ Torat Menachem Hitvaduyot 5744 vol.3 pg. 1544
  2. ^ Baumol, A Blaze in the Darkening Gloom page 164 states the convention started on the Elul 3, 5683 and on page 171 he writes it lasted for ten days.
  3. ^ Mandelbaum, David Avraham Yeshivat Chachmei Lublin Volume II, pp. 208 puts the date as Elul 9, 5683 (August 21, 1923), however Halachmi, Dovid in Yeshivat Chachmei Lublin and its founder Rabbi Meir Schapiro pp. 31 puts the date as Elul 7, 5683 (August 19, 1923) as does Skorsky, Ahron in Volume I of Rabbi Meir Schapiro Bmishnah Boimer Ubmaas, p. 296. Zeidman, Hillel (http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/chinuch/mosdot/hahmey-2.htm - accessed 7/18/14) has the date as Elul 5.

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