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Mishnah: The first compilation of the oral law, authored by Rabbi Yehudah HaNasi (approx. 200 C.E.); the germinal statements of law elucidated by the Gemara, together with which they constitute the Talmud; also, a single statement of law from this work.
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The Mishnah is the main text of the Talmud. A collection of terse teachings written in Hebrew, it was redacted by Rabbi Yehudah the Prince, in the years following the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. The Talmud is divided into six general se...
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Rabbi Yehudah HaNassi put the Oral Torah down on paper in the year 212, in the form known as the Mishnah. What prompted this radical move in the history of Jewish literacy? What constitutes the Mishnah? And what is its function in the Tradition?
How and why was the Oral Torah written?
The Talmud is a collection of writings that covers the full gamut of Jewish law and tradition…
ששה סדרי משנה
זרעים Seeds מועד Holidays נשים Women נזיקין Damages קדשים Holy Things טהרות Purity The laws relating to agriculture and Israeli crops; leaving offerings to the Priests and the Levites; giving gifts to the poor The laws relevant to the Sabbath, the festiva...
Based on a Scriptural verse that permits the leading sages to suspend a Torah prohibition in cases of national emergency, Rabbi recorded the Oral Law for posterity.
The Jews in Exile
Rabbi Judah the Prince (circa 135–219 CE), also known as Rabbeinu Hakadosh, is credited with having compiled statements of earlier sages to form the Mishnah, when the Oral Law was in peril of being forgotten. In this class we also go through Maimonides’ l...
The Second Book of the Mishnah: Mo'ed (Times)
This Book of the Mishnah deals with the Jewish calendar, its festivals and important days. Included are the laws of refraining from labor on Sabbath and Holidays.
The first book of the Mishnah: Zera’im (Seeds)
The tractates of this book of the Mishnah explain the detailed laws of agriculture, including kohanic gifts and tithes for the poor. Also treated are the laws of prayer and blessings.
How and why the Oral Torah came to be put in writing for the first time.
In preparation for Chanukah, my friend and I decided to study the tractate of the Mishnah that discusses the holiday. We were surprised to learn, however, that there is no such tractate. Why is that?
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