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The mishna which is part of the oral law, was written by the Tannaim in a short-form containing 6 volumes with 64 subvolumes.

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On the relative densities of liquids

The Mishna, Shabas chapter 19, describes beating wine with oil (to make a healing ointment for a circumcision) as something that can be done a day in advance and therefore may not be done on Shabas. ...
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Is the Mishna making the dresha from מְאֹד or , מוֹדֵד, מִדָּה?

דָּבָר אַחֵר בְּכָל מְאֹדֶךָ, בְּכָל מִדָּה וּמִדָּה שֶׁהוּא מוֹדֵד לְךָ הֱוֵי מוֹדֶה לוֹ בִּמְאֹד מְאֹד (Berachos 9:5) This is one of the Mishnah's explanations of the phrase in the Pasuk we say ...
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Why were the commentary literature like Talmud Mishnah not written down until 8-10th century?

What is the reason behind the Mishnah, talmud not written until about 8-10th century AD? This delay in the writing leads to ambiguity and speculations about the actual origin of the interpretations. ...
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Were B"H and B"S opinions Halachically exhaustive?

The schism between B"H and B"S is very famous in early Jewish Halachic polemics. In their times, were their opinions Halachically exhaustive, or did other (unaffiliated) rabbis practice ...
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How much of the Mishnah is from Sinai?

I have been reading the Schottenstein edition of The Mishnah Elucidated and noticed that a lot of the Mishnayos turn out to be d'Rabbanan. How much of the Mishnah is halachah l'moshe miSinai and how ...
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Where are the "many times" (פעמים רבות) referred to by Maimonides in his commentary on Mishnah Sotah 3:4? Which statement of בן עזאי?

The Mishnah Sotah 3:4 states: אֵינָהּ מַסְפֶּקֶת לִשְׁתּוֹת עַד שֶׁפָּנֶיהָ מוֹרִיקוֹת וְעֵינֶיהָ בּוֹלְטוֹת וְהִיא מִתְמַלֵּאת גִּידִין, וְהֵם אוֹמְרִים הוֹצִיאוּהָ הוֹצִיאוּהָ, שֶׁלֹּא תְטַמֵּא ...
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Maseches Kilayim with pictures

Are there any commentaries or guides to Maseches Kilayim that include pictures of the plants under discussion? Artscroll has footnotes about what each plant could be, but it is too much work to Google ...
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Was Rabbi Matya ben Harash the son of a deaf-mute or is "ben Harash" just a coincidence?

Talking about the rabbi who appears in Mishna Yoma 8:6, Pirkei Avot 4:15.
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Mishnah Edition

Can someone recommend an edition of the Mishnah? I am looking for an edition that is - a) all-Hebrew b) with all the major commentators (Bartenura, Rambam, T. Yom Tov, etc.) C) printed with very clear ...
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Copyright on Mishna/Gemara [duplicate]

Is there a US copyright on the Mishnah or the Gemara? Am I allowed to type out the hebrew part of the Mishnah using another Mishna that I bought from Amazon; and then later print and sell my copy? I ...
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How many words are in mishna?

I have already seen multiple question about mishna how big it is from which year it is and all kind of that, but I'm still wondering what's the total amount of words in mishna?
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Why does it matter if the Kohen Gadol has never read the order of Yom Kippur himself before? (Yoma 1:3)

We see in Yoma 1:3 that the Kohen Gadol was read the order of Yom Kippur from the Torah as preparation during the seven days before Yom Kippur. מָסְרוּ לוֹ זְקֵנִים מִזִּקְנֵי בֵית דִּין, וְקוֹרִין ...
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How did Hannah dedicate Samuel in 1 Samuel 1:11?

1 Samuel:11 NASB And she made a vow and said, “Lord of armies, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your bond-servant and remember me, and not forget Your bond-servant, but will give Your ...
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Who is tosfos anshei sheim in mishnayos

Who is תוספות אנשי שם in משניות? When did he live? What was his occupations. Thanks!
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Book review pirkei avot [closed]

Does anyone know anything about the artscroll Yad Avraham Pirkei Avot? Please feel free to write a few comments!
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תרומה becoming בטל in חולין. How does it work exactly?

תרומות פרק ד משנה ד The Halacha is that if one סאה of תרומה falls in a vat of 100 סאה (acc. to one שיטה) it becomes בטל and one may take off תרומה from anywhere within the vat, as the original תרומה ...
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"Observing without judging" -- is there a Jewish basis for this concept?

I have bumped into a concept attributed to the philosopher J. Krishnamurti: "observing without evaluating is the highest form of human intelligence" The idea under this is to avoid judging ...
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How was a standby wife chosen for the Kohen Gadol during Yom Kippur? [duplicate]

According to R Judah's comment in the Talmud he says seven days before Yom Kippur a standby wife was chosen for the Kohen Gadol Tractate Yoma, Daf 2a CHAPTER I MISHNAH: SEVEN DAYS BEFORE THE DAY OF ...
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Why does the Talmud use the תניא נמי הכי construction?

Makkos 6b, Tosfos d.h.תניא נמי הכי The Gemoro brings a statement of Rav (first paragraph below) about the source of a law which is supported by a baraisa with the words (2nd para below) תניא נמי הכי....
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Dictionary of Mishnaic Hebrew (aside from Jastrow) [duplicate]

Can anyone recommend a dictionary of Mishnaic Hebrew? Jastrow is serviceable, but not great. I am looking for a better option. Some suggestions would be helpful. Thank you.
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Is there internal evidence within the Mishnah that Rabbi Yehudah ha-Nasi redacted it?

Without drawing upon later sources like the Gemara, Rabbi Sherira Gaon, Rashi, Maimonedes and others, is there internal evidence (or explicit claims) in the Mishnah itself that Rabbi Yehudah ha-Nasi ...
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Machshirin and being satisfied with wetting

Mishnah Machshirin 3:3 explains that a loaf of bread which is placed over the top of a wine cask and absorbs wine fumes is considered hechsher. But why is this the case, because there is no reason to ...
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Mesechta/tractate Chanukah or menorah [duplicate]

Why is there no tractate on Chanukah? Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi wrote on other holidays like Purim, ect, but no mesechta on Chanukah or menorah?
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Tosfos Yom Tov editions/commentaries

Besides Ikar Tosfos Yom Tov, are there any helpful/modern editions of Tosfos Yom Tov that can help me learn the sefer?
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Longest Mishna By Word Count

What is the longest individual Mishna? Not asking regarding the number of Mishnayos in a Masechta, rather by the word count of an individual Mishna (An example of a long Mishna is Eduyot 6:3, with 317 ...
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What do the words בֶּאֱמֶת אָמְרוּ teach us in the Mishna?

Mishna Shabbat 1:3: לֹא יֵצֵא הַחַיָּט בְּמַחְטוֹ סָמוּךְ לַחֲשֵׁכָה, שֶׁמָּא יִשְׁכַּח וְיֵצֵא. וְלֹא הַלַּבְלָר בְּקֻלְמוֹסוֹ. וְלֹא יְפַלֶּה אֶת כֵּלָיו, וְלֹא יִקְרָא לְאוֹר הַנֵּר. בֶּאֱמֶת ...
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Siyum on mishnayos by my bar mitzvah [duplicate]

I have 10 months till my bar mitzvah and I have already finished Seder Zeraim, Seder Moed, Seder Nashim, Seder Nezikin and in Kadshim only Zevachim, Menachos Chulin and Kinim. How many mishnayos do I ...
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From where do we get the birthplace of R Nehunia Ben Hakana?

According to Aryeh Kaplan in his introduction to the Bahir, R Nehunia Ben Hakana is from Ammaus (Emmaus). This is also indicated on the Jewish Virtual Encyclopedia and Wikipedia. None of these sources ...
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Were any Mishnaic passages found in the Dead-sea scrolls?

As I can see, there were some Halachic/Legal passages found in the Dead-see scrolls. From the archeological and historical findings, I've understood that these sects kept Teffilin, Shabbes, Kashrus, ...
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Why Hebrew wasn't the spoken language in the Gemara times?

Why was Hebrew NOT the spoken language of the Jewish people after the Mishna? And why was a scholarly text, which was created for individuals who also obviously understood Hebrew, written in Aramaic? ...
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How was the mishna actually transmitted orally

I've recently begun a project to memorize the mishna. The technique I am using is surprisingly effective. This came as a result of my feeling nostalgic for the days when the Oral Torah was truly oral. ...
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Is photosynthesis discussed in halacha?

There is a discussion in the talmud/halacha about if a plant grows between an upper floor and lower floor, who does the plant belong to. [I don't have the source, I only heard part of a class in ...
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Historically, what is the difference between Mishna, Baraisa, and Tosefta [duplicate]

In terms of why they are not all one body of text, what is the difference between Mishna, Baraisa, and Tosefta?
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Which Perek in mishnayos has the fewest words?

I'm looking for perokim of mishnayos that have the fewest words. (I've been able to find, via this helpful forum!, which perokim have the fewest mishnayos, but I'm looking for the perokim with the ...
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Were the Mishnah and/or the Talmud translated into Greek or Latin? [duplicate]

Were the Mishnah and/or the Talmud ever translated into Greek or Latin in ancient times as the Bible was?
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Does Talmudic-Era Hebrew or Aramaic Distinguish Between Teaching and Learning?

In English, teaching and learning are two distinct verbs, but this is not the case with (many) other languages, where the same word is used to express both concepts. Whilst pondering upon the ...
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Is there more than one text of the Mishnah?

I understand there is one Mishnah and two Talmuds (Bavli and Yerushalmi). But is the text of the Mishnah associated with each Talmud exactly the same? Rabbi Gil Student states that the famous quote ...
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R Eliyahu Guttmacher on the Mishnah

Does anyone know where I can read R Eliyahu Guttmacher's chiddushim on the Mishnah (specifically, Keilim)? Apparently published in the Romm Talmud edition, but I've not managed to identify this online....
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Can it be that some midrashic literature got lost over time?

Is it possible that some of the material of the old Jewish midrashim (on the different books of the Hebrew Bible) that was written and was available during the Pre-Talmudic era is no longer available?
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How can tumah pass through a cupboard?

Ohalot 4:1 says that where there is a source of tumah beneath a cupboard, everything in the house is tamei. ArtScroll adds that the things in the cupboard remain tahor: “the tumah penetrates into the ...
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Aramaic in a baraisa

I always understood a major difference between a mishna/baraisa and the text of the gemarra is the former is in Rabbinic Hebrew and the latter is in Aramaic. The other day I chanced upon a gemarra in ...
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If Torah's exactness is crucial, why doesn't the Mishnah contain Halachot of writting a Kosher Torah scroll?

In my research of Torah inerrancy, and following my other question "why-there's-no-deoraytah-prohibition-of-altering-torah-scroll", I notice that the Mishnah does not mention any Halachot of ...
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Why the opening of Avot does not introduce the whole Mishnah?

“Moses received the Torah at Sinai and transmitted it to Joshua, Joshua to the elders, and the elders to the prophets, and the prophets to the Men of the Great Assembly. They said three things: Be ...
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Why Hillel and Shammai are called "the Elder"?

Both Hillel and Shammai are referred to by the Mishna as "the Elder". Age: according to WIKI, Hillel lived to 120, but Shammai only to 80. Also, other Tannayim lived longer than 80 (R' ...
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Mishnah Pesachim 9:7 - Why does the registration of an inherited Paschal Lamb not automatically get assigned to a father's son?

Mishnah Pesachim 9:7 - Why does the registration of an inherited Paschal Lamb not automatically get assigned to a father's son? In the Mishnah Pesachim 9:7, we read : "With regard to one who ...
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Any pre 7th century Jewish source, teaches that non-Jewish prophets will never be sent again?

1- were the non-Jewish prophets sent to non-Jewish nations only, and not Jews ? if the answer is Yes Does it mean there is no way a non-Jewish prophet can ever be sent to the Jews? any textual basis ...
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When was the Mishnah penned?

According to this, the French Iggeret of Rav Sherira Gaon is considered more authentic. Based on this premise, the Mishnah was not written down by Rabbi Judah but continued to be transmitted orally. ...
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The destruction of the Second Temple in the Mishnah?

Is there any explicit mention of the destruction of the Second Temple within the Mishnah specifically? If so, examples of passages? If not, why wouldn't such a momentous occasion be discussed within ...
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Yosef or Yose? Which is the correct name?

Why does Mishnah Chagigah 2 say "Yosef" in the translation, rather than "Yose"? Is this a mistake? For both Yose's, this word, "יוֹסֵי", is used. Why did the translator ...
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Are the names of the zugot disclosed to us in other masechtot?

Am I correct in saying that the identities of the zugot are only revealed to us within masechet Pirkei Avot? Or are the names of the zugot also disclosed to us in other masechtot of the Mishnah? If so,...
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