Sefer Mitzvot Gadol

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Klalim

  1. When quoting the Gemara, the Samag will often paraphrase to make the language flow more quickly.[1]
  2. The Samag draws heavily from the Rambam for the most part[2] and entirely from his teacher, the Sefer HaTerumah, whose Maftechot he copied letter for letter.[3] When in agreement with the Rambam, he writes so implicitly, and he only disagrees when out-rightly quoting the Rambam by name.[4]
  3. At the same time, most of his words are based on the Tosafot Shanz, and, for some reason, he does not seem to have seen the Tosafot Tuch.[5]
  4. He was also a student of R' Yehudah HeChassid.[6]
  5. The Bach says the Samag's way is to rule like the Ri Baal HaTosafot.[7]
  6. There's a debate if the Samag saw the Rambam's Sefer HaMitzvot or parts of it.[8]
  7. The abridged version of the Sefer was compiled by the author himself.[9]

Sources

  1. Yad Malachi (Klalei HaRambam Ra'avad veSamag 52)
  2. Yad Malachi (Klalei HaRambam Ra'avad veSamag 46)
  3. Yad Malachi (Klalei HaRambam Ra'avad veSamag 47)
  4. So much so that the Sdei Chemed is willing to use the Samag to ascertain the correct text of the Rambam when the former doesn't disagree with the latter explicitly. Yad Malachi (Klalei HaRambam Ra'avad veSamag 48) and footnotes there.
  5. Yad Malachi (Klalei HaRambam Ra'avad veSamag 50)
  6. Shem HaGedolim (Mem, 178)
  7. Yad Malachi (Klalei HaRambam Ra'avad veSamag 46)
  8. Yad Malachi (Klalei HaRambam Ra'avad veSamag 51) and footnotes there
  9. Shem HaGedolim (Sefarim, Kuf 85)