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Besides YEZ's good sources, see Bava Kamma 94b אמר רבי יוחנן בימי רבי נשנית משנה זו with Tosafos there, and see also the last Mishna in maseches Keilim with Tosafos Rabi Akiva Eiger. Both of these sources say that Rabeinu HaKadosh redacted an older version of the mishna that was already extent. There is also a discussion in Bava Metzia 44a between Rabi ...


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R' Sherira Gaon in his Iggeres (p.7 and 9 here) writes that each sage had his own version of Mishnayos, and Rebbe gathered them and arranged them and decided which opinion to codify. (It is unclear if he actually re-formulated them or just arranged them.) R' Sherira writes that some Mishnayos were formulated earlier, as early as Hillel, and Rebbi himself ...


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Maharal in Derech HaChaim end of chapter one mentions the reason for skipping both Shimon ben Hillel and Gamliel II (diYavne) was to separate between the different types of mussar in that chapter. The chapter begins with advice for a person concerning his involvement with the world. With Rabban Gamliel begins a shift towards personal goals, so there is gap ...


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The first generation of Amoraim didn't spend much time learning Taharos, but in the times of Abaye there were thirteen Yeshivos learning it. Nevertheless there is no Gemara Bavli on most of Taharos, Kodshim and Zraim. However, the Gemara does discuss the principles of Taharos in other areas. It seems to be placed in the same way that Agadatta gets placed. ...


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The Babylonian Talmud does not have Gemarah for the majority of the tractates in Zer'aim, the first of the six Mishnah "orders". As a matter of fact, only tractate Brachot has Gemarah. There are other tractates as well, such as Avot, that have no Gemarah. I don't recall the full list. Regarding why Brachot is the only tractate in Zera'im having Genarah, I ...



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