When I think of Rabbi Dr Jeremy Collick of blessed memory, as a teacher of Torah, I think of him teaching his weekly class on the Mishneh Torah. I don’t know exactly how many years Jeremy taught this class - it was many - nor did I ever get to a Shiur myself. But I knew he loved that class dearly. We would often chat about the Shiur when we spoke; the rhythms and the understandings that emerge studying and teaching a great work in this way. Jeremy inspired me to teach my own regular ‘K’Seder’ class that makes its way through one of the great works of our tradition consecutively, from beginning to end - as Jeremy did.
There is a tradition of studying Jewish texts in honour of a departed soul - usually one studies the Mishnah. For more information on what learning on behalf of one who has passed away does and does not, achieve - click here. So, in consultation with colleagues, we are offering friends, students, colleagues and others, the opportunity to study the Mishneh Torah in honour of our friend, teacher and colleague of blessed memory.
For more information about the Mishneh Torah - click here.
To see the range and content of the work, and read Rambam’s own introduction to it - click here.
There are 83 ‘groups’ and you can sign up to any of them. But some, frankly, are only suitable for those with extensive rabbinic background. Some have as few as three chapters, some as many as 30 (the total number of chapters is 1,000, it looks like Rambam forced that round number for reasons unknown). If you want to sign up for half a ‘group,’ that’s great. Please alter the googledoc accordingly. If you have more rabbinic education, please go for something more complex. To sign up click here.
To get to an on-line version of the Mishneh Torah (Hebrew with vowels) see here (Mechon Mamre), or here (Sefaria where there is some English translations).
Please include your email as you sign up. I’ll post updates as we go.
Finally, please share this post with anyone who knew Rabbi Collick who might be honoured in learning in his memory.
May Jeremy’s memory always be a blessing.