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The sefer Toldos Tannaim and Amoraim here says that his name is Abba bar Abba. He adds that in the Gemora Bavli he is nearly always referred to as the Father of Shmuel, and in the Gemora Yerushalmi he is nearly always called Abba bar Abba. As to the reason for this appellation, he brings the explanation of the sefer Eshkol (Hilchos Mikvaos para. 59) that it ...


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Disclaimer: the answer is based on my personal experience. Learning Mishna before learning the Gemara is very helpful to get the basic knowledge. However, learning all the mishnayot is very time consuming. Also, in many cases, learning mishnayot may be less pleasurable then gemara (warning: this is a subjective statement). And getting pleasure from the ...


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This answer is from my personal experience. I made a siyum hashas on mishna for my bar mitzvah before ever opening a gemara. We (my father and i) learned with Perush Kehati. When there was something ambiguous in the mishna that was explained by the gemara, Kehati would bring it. We didn't have to look it up in the gemara, which was good, because i had not ...


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You've asked an interesting and useful question. I don't have a definitive answer, as I think both views are valid. To start, Pirkei Avot (Chapters of the Fathers) Chapter 5, Mishnah 21 cites Yehudah ben Tamai who said that when one turns 10, he should learn Mishnah, and at 15, he should learn Gemarah. Perhaps, this is the source of separating the two. I ...


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An explanation given by someone who was involved with the Art Scroll Talmud was that it was done so that everyone could learn together and reference particular instances. This is similar to the reason why we picked up the nonJewish "chapters" in the Tanach. For example "Chapter 2" in Bereishis actually starts with the last part of "chapter 1" (Vayechulu ...


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Get yourself and english mishna. The Kehati edition is well known for its commentary. Pick a tractate and read it in english. I recommend Avodah Zara because it is exotic and fun and has a gemara. Then read an English Gemara: The Steinsaltz version is really awesome, the Artsroll is the gold standard of English gemaras, and the Soncino has certain problems ...


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There are a variety of Jewish organizations that offer adult education classes. Check out the webpages of your local synagogues, Chabad, Kollel, and Aish (if they exist) to see if any of them offer a beginners gemarah class. You can also try googling "talmud class [your metropolitan area]" to see what comes up. I've found formal classes which are designed ...


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As Noach mi Frankfurt said in a comment, there are four English translations: Soncino, Neusner, Artscroll, and Koren/Steinsaltz. I've worked with three of them (I don't know Neusner), and for a beginner I recommend the last, accompanied by a study partner or, at the very least, an introduction to talmud. None of these translations are particularly aimed ...


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There is a difference between saying : "I don't like this seyouga" and "this seyouga isn't nice". If you say "I don't like this seyouga", you're speaking about you, and it's very normal to have preference. But, if you say "This seyouga isn't nice", you're speaking about the seyouga and denigrating it and that is forbidden.



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