Maimonides on Seder Kodashim

The sequence of the tractates in the Order

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After completing his discussions concerning an­imal sacrifices and all that pertains thereto, as well as the model of the Temple in which the afore­mentioned sacrifices are offered, he then juxta­posed to these tractate Kinnim.  The entire sub­ject matter of this tractate deals with laws of mixtures of birds, meaning if sacrificial bird offer­ings became mixed up one with another.  This topic is considered last because it is not a necessary occurrence, since they may or may not become mixed up.  In addition, all their laws are extremely few, as will be clarified in its place.  With this tractate, he completed Seder Kodashim.  Thus was completed the subdivision of Seder Kodashim into eleven tractates.

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Moses Maimonides

Moses Maimonides (1135-1204) was also known as Rabbi Moses ben Maimon or the Rambam. One of the greatest Torah scholars of all time, he was a rabbi, physician, and philosopher in Spain, Morocco, and Egypt during the Middle Ages. He was the preeminent medieval Jewish philosopher whose ideas also influenced the non-Jewish world.