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In the Siddur, Pirkei Avos has a different division (in each Perek the amount of Mishnayos) than in the Mishnayos Avos. Who determined the division of the Mishnayos in the Siddur?

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There are more than two divisions of mishnayos in general (not limited only to Avos) and they are not necessarily divided along the sidur/independent sefer line. For example, the Ramba"m's division is famously different from the standard one, which is very often different from the divisions in the Vilna sha"s. –  WAF May 22 '11 at 3:24
    
However the Siddur is different than both of those. Who determined the division that is printed in the Siddur? –  Gershon Gold May 22 '11 at 3:30
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Which sidur ? –  WAF May 22 '11 at 3:31
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Which difference in division are you asking about? The last two mishnayot of the fifth perek are probably not part of the original mishna, and don't appear in many manuscripts. The sixth perek of pirkei avos of course is not mishna at all. –  Avi May 22 '11 at 8:09
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@Gershon - Apparently, you could make your question a lot more answerable by detailing the differences between the divisions you're asking about. –  Isaac Moses May 22 '11 at 17:10

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It seems to me that there is no canonical division of mishnayos beyond the level of perek.

My basis for the statement is the way the Gemara handles and speaks of the mishnayos. In the Gemara, the division of the mishnayos is based only on the discussion. At times (ex. the third chapter of Taanis, starting on 18b) the Gemara will have the entire perek of mishnayos as one undifferentiated lump at the begging of the perek, followed by the Gemara. The term 'מתניתין' - "our Mishnah" - is always used to refer to the entire perek, including teachings that are found later.

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Can you provide a source for this assertion? If so, please edit it into your answer. –  Isaac Moses Feb 1 '12 at 17:17
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I don't know of any source that says this explicitly. My basis for the statement is the way the Gemara handles and speaks of the mishnayos. In the Gemara, the division of the mishnayos is based only on the discussion. At times the Gemara will have the entire perek of mishnayos as one undifferentiated lump at the begging of the perek, followed by the Gemara. The term 'מתניתין' - "our Mishnah" - is always used to refer to the entire perek, including teachings that are found later. –  LazerA Feb 5 '12 at 14:25

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