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Hebrew word "Mishnayot" in fancy old text

Ten years of Mi Yodeya -- let's learn some Mishna!

Mi Yodeya will be celebrating our tenth birthday in Kislev 5780 / December 2019! As ten is traditionally the Mishna birthday1, let's mark this auspicious occasion by completing a collective study of the entire corpus of Mishna.2 Everyone who's ever used Mi Yodeya is invited to take part by studying one or more of the Mishna's 523 chapters. We'll finish with a completion party (siyum) or parties on a date to be determined in Kislev/December.

Here's what to do:

  1. Choose a tractate. The 63 tractates of Mishna, organized into their six orders, are listed in the accepted answer below, along with the number of chapters and mishnayot (~paragraphs) in each one.3 Pick a tractate, and click on it to go to its sign-up post.4

  2. Claim a chapter. On the sign-up post, select one chapter that's not already claimed. (You can pick another when you finish this one!) Claim it by adding your name5 after "Claimed by:".

    • O Chapter 3 (10 mishnayot) Claimed by: your name here

    If you'd like to dedicate your learning to a loved one's memory, you can add that information after your name.

  3. Learn that chapter! At a minimum, read and understand the text of the Mishna. As the Mishna's language and structure can be cryptic, we recommend using at least one commentary or elucidating translation, or studying the associated chapter in the Talmud. Here's a list of in-print and electronic resources (some of them free online) you can use. Go as broad and as deep as you like!

    As you're learning, take note of questions that come up in your mind, even if you immediately find answers for them, to be ready for ...

  4. The Mi Yodeya twist: Find a Mi Yodeya question or answer (or a few, if you can) that relates directly to your chapter, or post a question or answer that came up in your learning. Add a link to that post below where you signed up.

    If you find a chapter that someone has kindly already added a link to, you may skip to Step 5, but do feel free to add more links.

    If you come across a question or answer that relates to any particular chapter of Mishna (or Talmud), even one you're not learning, consider kindly adding a link here!

  5. Mark it complete. When you've completed your study of your chapter and added a Mi Yodeya link for it, change the 'O' at the beginning of the sign-up line to an 'X'.

  6. Repeat steps 1-6.

The minimum time investment per chapter is probably an hour or two. Try one! We really want to get as many people as we can involved. If you would like a study partner to help you out, leave a comment here or drop by our chat room, and we'll find you one.

Click here to see how far we've gotten so far. At the end of this, God-willing, we'll not only have worked together to complete a study of the entire Mishna, we'll have something to show for our efforts: an index of Q&A covering all 523 chapters of the Mishna. Let's make it happen!


1. According to the program set forth by R' Yehuda ben Teima in Avot 5:21.
2. Thanks to DonielF , Daniel, and Double AA for brainstorming concepts for this intiative.
3. Lists generated using Double AA's spreadsheet as a base. Synopses adapted from Wikipedia's "Mishnah" entry.
4. If you prefer, you can scroll through all of sign-up posts in order by sorting this post's answers by oldest.
5. If you're new to Mi Yodeya and don't yet have the ability to edit the lists here, email us at mi.yodeya@gmail.com, and we'll help you out.

  • Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat. – Isaac Moses Mar 27 at 20:48
  • Do we need/want a rule to prevent the same question being used for more than one chapter. For instance this question currently appears under Ma'aser Sheni 5, but could equally well be listed under Sotah 9. – Joel K Apr 4 at 11:49
  • @joel it's clearly more related to the rest of the chapter in Maaser Sheni which is why I put it there – Double AA Apr 5 at 3:19
  • Glad to see this is happening! Can we claim chapters that we're learning anyway (e.g. as part of another mishna project)? – Daniel Apr 17 at 15:51
  • @Daniel That's an interesting question about such projects in general. It may be worth posing to a rabbi, both at an individual level and at a community level. – Isaac Moses Apr 17 at 16:59
  • (Re the above comments, fwiw, I'm claiming chapters I'm learning anyway as part of another project.) I see people who are signed up for >1 non-completed chapter at a time. Am I misunderstanding the rules that that's a no-no? – msh210 Apr 28 at 12:25
  • @msh210 claiming more than one chapter at a time is contrary to the instructions; in the one case of it I've noticed, the claimant had completed all the learning already and, I guess, hasn't yet had a chance to find/write related posts. Not the end of the world. – Isaac Moses Apr 28 at 16:05
  • This will set a hard precedent to follow when Mi Yodeya turns 15. – Y     e     z May 6 at 13:56
  • @Y e z Not so hard if we start five years ahead instead of eight months! :) – Isaac Moses May 6 at 13:56

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The Six Orders of the Mishna, and their 63 Tractates

1

Demai דמאי: DONE!

The tractate deals with produce that isn't known to have been properly tithed.

Wikipedia
Sefaria

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Kinnim קנים : DONE!

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Sotah סוטה : DONE!

Most of this tractate is about the sotah, the woman accused of adultery who drinks a special potion to prove her innocence (or not). See Bamidbar 5:11-31.

The tractate also discusses declarations that can be said in any language (like the sotah's oath), exemptions from (optional) wars, the ceremony in which a heifer's neck is broken to atone for a murder between two cities, and the ends of various practices.

1

Horayot הוריות : DONE!

Errors in courts' or individuals' decisions, when and which offerings are brought as a result, special rules for kings and high priests, precedence in offerings, and precedence in saving people.

Horayot at Sefaria

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Terumot תרומות: DONE!

The laws about the portion of produce that is supposed to be given to a priest.

Wikipedia
Sefaria

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    I must be missing something here. Where is Terumos discussed at all in the chapter 2 questions? – DonielF Apr 14 at 23:21
  • @DonielF They relate to 2:3 but the questions don't discuss the mishna specifically – b a Apr 15 at 9:39
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Temurah תמורה

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  • O Chapter 1 (6 mishnayot) Claimed by:
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  • O Chapter 5 (6 mishnayot) Claimed by:
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Meilah מעילה

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  • O Chapter 1 (4 mishnayot) Claimed by:
  • O Chapter 2 (9 mishnayot) Claimed by:
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Taharot טהרות

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  • O Chapter 1 (9 mishnayot) Claimed by:
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  • O Chapter 4 (13 mishnayot) Claimed by:
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  • O Chapter 6 (10 mishnayot) Claimed by:
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Mikvaot מקואות

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Machshirin מכשירין

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  • O Chapter 1 (6 mishnayot) Claimed by:
  • O Chapter 2 (11 mishnayot) Claimed by:
  • O Chapter 3 (8 mishnayot) Claimed by:
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  • O Chapter 6 (8 mishnayot) Claimed by:
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Zavim זבים

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  • O Chapter 1 (6 mishnayot) Claimed by:
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  • O Chapter 3 (3 mishnayot) Claimed by:
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  • O Chapter 5 (12 mishnayot) Claimed by:
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Tevul Yom טבול יום

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  • O Chapter 1 (5 mishnayot) Claimed by:
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  • O Chapter 3 (6 mishnayot) Claimed by:
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Sheviit שביעית

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Bikkurim בכורים

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Shabbat שבת

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  • O Chapter 1 (11 mishnayot) Claimed by:

    Explanation of Mishna in Shabbat

    Delousing on Shabbat (- Mishna, Shabbat 1:3)

  • O Chapter 2 (7 mishnayot) Claimed by:
  • O Chapter 3 (6 mishnayot) Claimed by:
  • O Chapter 4 (2 mishnayot) Claimed by:

    How does salt "add heat" (mishna in Shabbos 4(1))

  • O Chapter 5 (4 mishnayot) Claimed by:
  • O Chapter 6 (10 mishnayot) Claimed by:
  • O Chapter 7 (4 mishnayot) Claimed by:
  • O Chapter 8 (7 mishnayot) Claimed by:
  • O Chapter 9 (7 mishnayot) Claimed by:
  • O Chapter 10 (6 mishnayot) Claimed by:
  • O Chapter 11 (6 mishnayot) Claimed by:
  • O Chapter 12 (6 mishnayot) Claimed by:
  • O Chapter 13 (7 mishnayot) Claimed by:
  • O Chapter 14 (4 mishnayot) Claimed by:
    Why is making salt water prohibited on Shabbat?

  • O Chapter 15 (3 mishnayot) Claimed by:

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Eruvin עירובין

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  • O Chapter 1 (10 mishnayot) Claimed by:
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  • O Chapter 3 (9 mishnayot) Claimed by:
  • O Chapter 4 (11 mishnayot) Claimed by:
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  • O Chapter 9 (4 mishnayot) Claimed by:
  • O Chapter 10 (15 mishnayot) Claimed by:
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Peah פאה

This chapter deals with leaving crops for the poor

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Bechorot בכורות

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  • O Chapter 1 (7 mishnayot) Claimed by:
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  • O Chapter 3 (4 mishnayot) Claimed by:
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  • O Chapter 5 (6 mishnayot) Claimed by:
  • O Chapter 6 (12 mishnayot) Claimed by:
  • O Chapter 7 (7 mishnayot) Claimed by:
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Zevachim זבחים

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  • O Chapter 1 (4 mishnayot) Claimed by:
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  • O Chapter 12 (6 mishnayot) Claimed by:
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Chullin חולין

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  • O Chapter 1 (7 mishnayot) Claimed by:
  • O Chapter 2 (10 mishnayot) Claimed by:
  • O Chapter 3 (7 mishnayot) Claimed by: How to kill Kosher grasshoppers
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  • O Chapter 8 (6 mishnayot) Claimed by: To shake milk that fell in a meat pot
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Erchin ערכין

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  • O Chapter 1 (4 mishnayot) Claimed by:
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  • O Chapter 8 (7 mishnayot) Claimed by: In auctions today are you still obligated after being out-bid?
  • O Chapter 9 (8 mishnayot) Claimed by:
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Moed Kattan מועד קטן

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  • O Chapter 1 (10 mishnayot) Claimed by:
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Gittin גיטין

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  • O Chapter 1 (6 mishnayot) Claimed by:
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  • O Chapter 4 (9 mishnayot) Claimed by: why is a half `Eved` not freed automatically
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Bava Batra בבא בתרא

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  • O Chapter 9 (10 mishnayot) Claimed by: Who inherits if a man and wife die together?
  • O Chapter 10 (8 mishnayot) Claimed by:
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Middot מדות

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Uktzim עוקצים

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