New Version of Rambam’s Pirush HaMishnayos Translated from Original Arabic


rambamTwo weeks ago, in the presence of Rav Shmuel Auerbach, a major Torah project was launched at the home of Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv. The Maor Institute headed by Rav Daniel Biton has undertaken to translate the Rambam‘s Pirush Hamishnayos into Hebrew, based on the original Arabic text. The first chelek has just been published.
The research committee is headed by Rav Chaim Hirshman, who is the main editor.

The work is using a manuscript that was printed 850 years ago. It contains 5 Sedorim of Mishnayos, and is only missing Taharos.

The work includes 5 chalakim of over 5000 pages. Original words written by the Rambam in loshon hakodesh are emphasized in the printed copy to distinguish between them and words which were translated. The new translation will contain over 100,000 annotations and comments The researchers say that many of kushiyos of the Rishonim and Acharonim have been solved as a result of the new translation. The researchers say that the Rambam‘s version of Mishnayos is apparently different from the one we possess today, and his version obviates many of the questions
raised on his commentary.

Although Rav Elyashiv has not given any haskomos for seforim in the past 3 years, he went out of his way to give one in handwriting for the new series. At the launching of the series, he said, “Finally, we will not have to rely on translations that do not have the chachomim‘s full approval.”

Since Rav Elyashiv paskened that one doesn’t recite Shehechiyanu on a new sefer, a basket of new summer fruits were served at the occasion and the Shehechiyanu was recited over them.

 {Source: Yated Ne’eman/Yair Newscenter}


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