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I am studying Mishnayot from Seder Zeraim and I am often having difficulties because I have no idea how agriculture worked in the days of the Second Temple (or even today). Are there any good resources (online or in sefarim, preferably in English) to help me understand how agriculture worked/works, and how that informs the halachot?

  • +1 but can use some more clarification – Dr. Shmuel Jul 21 at 7:52
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    my chavruta used to lament to me, "if only we were farmers, we'd understand the gemara" – Menachem Jul 21 at 8:21
  • I think the foreword of the Steinsaltz edition of the talmud does a good job. – chacham Nisan Jul 21 at 8:31
  • books.google.co.cr/… -- footnote 10 has some names of books that discuss agriculture in talmudic times. some may be helpful to you – Menachem Jul 21 at 8:33
  • Have you seen this Artscroll edition? Seems to have a lots of illustrations: artscroll.com/Books/9781422619537.html – Kazi bácsi Jul 21 at 8:53

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