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The Soncino has an introduction to a) The Talmud, b) Each Order, c) Each Tractate. You can see them here: http://halakhah.com/


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Look at the introduction of the מאירי to each masechta, where he breaks down the topics of the masechta in general as well as perek by perek. He also does that in a more perek-specific manner at the beginning of each perek. While not technically online (and not either in English, which was not specified in the question), the Hebrewbooks website has the בית ...


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Deuteronomy 17:1 על-פי התורה אשר יורוך, ועל-המשפט אשר-יאמרו לך--תעשה: לא תסור, מן-הדבר אשר-יגידו לך--ימין ושמאל This verse is understood to grant legislative power to the Sanhedrin for all time. There were Sanhedrins in session up to several centuries after the time of Esther and that is where all fully-binding rabbinic Law as we know it comes from. ...


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In the olden days - as stated in Pirkei Avoth בן חמש למקרא - one would only learn Shas (Talmud Bavli) after becoming proficient in Chumash and Mishna. One would then concentrate on Shas as it's the basis for Halacho. Besides, it's really difficult to properly understand Rambam, Tur and Shulchan Aruch (the 3 "off the page" pillars of Halacha) without ...


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Talmudic style uses the Socratic method of learning, which is somewhat unique. First, it encourages stduenst to learn from each other rather than from the teacher ("chevruta" style). Second, the style of learning in the Talmud is based on questions and answers - proofs and rebuttals - much like a debate. This style is unique to the Talmud. The Torah doesn't ...


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the Rambam prescribes talmud as the first priority as written in Yesodei Torah 4:13 I maintain that it is not proper for a person to stroll in the Pardes unless he has filled his belly with bread and meat. "Bread and meat" refer to the knowledge of what is permitted and what is forbidden, and similar matters concerning other mitzvot. Even though ...


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Yeshivos start learning Gemara too early (the Maharal said this already many centuries ago). However, the overall goal of the Yeshiva curriculum is to train the student to be able to learn Torah She Baal Peh on their own in their lifetimes - specifically the 613 Mitvos and their details. Before Torah She Baal Peh was written down, the Yeshiva had to teach ...


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In the Artscroll gemara, it has the text of: הדרן עלך מסכת נדה (ותלמוד בבלי) והדרך עלן. etc So, it seems that no. As for siyum shas mishnayot, i speak from experience that there is a special hadran, so perhaps there is for gemara as well, but just not in my sefer.



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