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Mishnah by the Numbers

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Mishnah by the Numbers

The word “Mishnah” comes from the Hebrew root ש.נ.ה (shin-nun-hey) which means “to repeat.” The preservation of our Oral Torah was a concerted effort of students memorizing the teachings of elders, thus securing wisdom for future generations. As the corpus grew, teachings were organized, often topically. The organization of the Mishnah as it stands presently is something we can count on. So now we’ll count it out for you. There are six sedarim (seder singular) or ‘Orders’ that recount the main subjects of the corpus. Each seder contains between seven to twelve masechtot (masechet singular) that further subdivide the main...

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Torat Yonim

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Torat Yonim

In this recording I share some torah my dear friend Yonim Schweig z'l shared excitedly with me one day. You can follow the sources at www.sefaria.org/sheets/334075  ShtarkShirts Mishnah · Torat Yonim

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Annotated Guide to Online Torah Study Resources

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Annotated Guide to Online Torah Study Resources

Hey Jews! When doing any Torah study it's super important to have a variety of resources available to aid in understanding our texts and traditions. That's why I put together this handy annotated directory of online Torah study tools. In no particular order I've listed a number of the sites that I frequent most often when studying and researching. You can find graphics and more details about each site in our 'Resource Guide Highlight' segment on The ShtarkShirts Project Instagram.  Sefaria Sefaria, the “Living Library of Jewish Texts” is a great resource to access a broad range of rabbinic writings...

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Purim Isn't Just for Play - Mishnah Megillah 2:1

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Purim Isn't Just for Play - Mishnah Megillah 2:1

Post by Noa Rubin:  I know we’re all afraid to say it (see March 2020), but it is almost Purim again. In the height of pandemic life, I find myself seeking meaning in unconventional places. It’s not unlike me to turn to Jewish tradition, but I’ve chosen to push myself (and you!) to brave the unknown, where I believe we can find something fresh at a time that we could really use it. But first, I turn to an oft-cited mishnah. Mishnah Megillah 2:1        הקורא את המגלה למפרע, לא יצא. קראה על פה, קראה תרגום, בכל לשון, לא יצא. אבל...

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The Rebellious Elder of the Mishnah Part Two

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The Rebellious Elder of the Mishnah Part Two

This post is a continued explication of mishnah Sanhedrin 11:2, a tradition spelling out the ritual procession of the ‘rebellious elder.’ We have seen the rebellious sage brought to the highest courts in the land, inside the (long since burned and broken) temple complex, atop which he would be prompted to defend his teachings. One critical insight mentioned was that the rabbis transmitting the tradition were living in a reality far removed from being able to practice the ritual itself. As the rabbis locate this procession in a past where they had the power to adjudicate trials of capital punishment,...

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