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Maimonides the UniversalistThe Ethical Horizons of the Mishneh Torah$
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Menachem Kellner and David Gillis

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764555

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764555.001.0001

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Commandments as Instruments

(p.90) Chapter Five Holiness
Maimonides the Universalist
Menachem Kellner, David Gillis
Liverpool University Press

This chapter investigates the fifth of the fourteen volumes of the Mishneh torah, the Book of Holiness (Sefer kedushah). It talks about the three sections of the Book of Holiness, which includes the Laws of Forbidden Intercourse, Laws of Forbidden Foods, and Laws of Kosher or Slaughtering. It also analyses the final paragraph in the Book of Holiness, which explains what the three sections have in common. The chapter elaborates that the purpose of the laws concerning forbidden foods, as Maimonides explained, is to put an end to the lusts and licentiousness manifested in seeking what is most pleasurable and to taking the desire for food and drink as an end. It discusses how the laws concerning ritual slaughter would fit into the rubric of forbidden foods, as it limits what may be eaten and how it may be prepared.

Keywords:   Mishneh torah, Book of Holiness, Sefer kedushah, forbidden foods, ritual slaughter

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