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There is a collection of "minor tractates" some of which contain material not found in other works of torah sh'baal peh (the oral law). What is the origin of these tractates? Who wrote/compiled them? What is their status in the hierarchy of torah sh'baal peh ie. do they outweigh a breita for example? Are they all considered authoritative?

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Partial duplicate: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/12880/3 – WAF Feb 14 '13 at 1:48

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