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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.

  7. If you can, add the relevant tag and a short summary of the tractate (if not already done). Don't worry if you can't write a complete summary; some information is better than none, and the community is invited to edit further.

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
  • Are we allowed to claim multiple chapters with the intent of learning them Shavuos night? – DonielF Jun 3 at 17:19
  • @DonielF That's not really consistent with the way this is set up, but I don't think anyone would be too offended. Bear in mind that the risk of two people learning the same multiple chapters over the holiday isn't that great, and the "cost," if it comes to pass, isn't that great either. – Isaac Moses Jun 3 at 17:24
  • @IsaacMoses what if someone claimed a chapter in March or May and hasn't updated that he learned them. Could I learn this one chapter as well (as part of learning the tractate), mark it as learned and leave their name there? Credit matters less than completion I would say but you decide – mbloch Sep 3 at 12:15
  • @mbloch I would recommend at least trying to make contact first to see what their intentions are. – Isaac Moses Sep 3 at 13:09
  • @IsaacMoses thanks, I will try, not sure I can ping them through the meta entry, but will leave another comment on one of their questions – mbloch Sep 3 at 14:05
  • @IsaacMoses So I did not get answers to my requests (I pinged both on meta and on their latest answer) whether they were still committed to learn these chapters. FYI their original commitments date from March and May. In the meantime, I learned both Masechet Rosh Hashana and Megilla. I let you decide if you prefer to wait for the original two to learn their chapters - or prefer to declare victory now and call these two masechtot complete. From my perspective there is no need to change the user attribution unless you prefer to do so. – mbloch Sep 4 at 5:57

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The Six Orders of the Mishna, and their 63 Tractates

2

Kinnim קנים : DONE!

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2

Berachot ברכות : DONE!

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    Oh wait, was I not supposed to sign up for Chapter 1 since this is "not a live effort yet"? – Alex Mar 25 at 4:24
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    @Alex Correct. On the other hand, hard to argue with zerizim makdimim lemitzva. – Isaac Moses Mar 25 at 5:03
  • I have stored my files of chiddushim on Mishnayot as . E.g Mishnayot 03040201 is the first file of chiddushim on the second Mishna of the fourth chapter of masechet Nazir – kouty Mar 27 at 4:03
2

Mikvaot מקואות : DONE!

The laws pertaining to the building and maintenance of a mikvah, a Jewish ritual bath.

2

Chullin חולין : DONE!

The laws for the slaughtering of animals and birds for meat for ordinary as opposed to sacred use, and the Jewish dietary laws.

2

Avodah Zara עבודה זרה : DONE!

The laws pertaining to Jews living amongst Gentiles, including regulations about the interaction between Jews and "idolaters".

2

Niddah נידה : DONE!

Laws of a Niddah, a woman either during her menstrual cycle or shortly after having given birth.

* the last mishna in that chapter links the development of a fetus with 40 days, a number mentioned in some opinions on abortions

2

Sanhedrin סנהדרין - DONE!

The conduct of the beit din, with particular focus on death-penalty cases.

Sefaria


Note from Monica Cellio:

I dedicate the learning of these 11 chapters of this masechet to the memories of 11 who died al kiddush Hashem in Pittsburgh: Joyce Fienberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, Cecil Rosenthal, David Rosenthal, Bernice Simon, Sylvan Simon, Daniel Stein, Melvin Wax, Irving Younger.


2

Sukkah סוכה : DONE!

The laws of the sukkah, the four species, and the holiday of sukkot

1

Demai דמאי: DONE!

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

Wikipedia
Sefaria

1

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

1

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
1

Yevamot יבמות : DONE!

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1

Menachot מנחות - DONE!

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1

Negaim נגעים - DONE!

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1

Yoma יומא : DONE!

Covers the service of the kohein gadol on Yom Kippur.

1

Nedarim נדרים: DONE!

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1

Chaggigah חגיגה : DONE!

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1

Taanit תענית : DONE!

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1

Gittin גיטין: Done!

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1

Nazir נזיר - DONE

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1

Rosh HaShanah ראש השנה - DONE!

Rules concerning the calendar year, together with a description of the inauguration of the months, laws on the form and use of the shofar and laws related to the religious services during the holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

1

Pesachim פסחים: DONE!

The laws of the Jewish holiday Passover as well as the Passover lamb offering. The first four chapters cover the laws of chametz, chapters 5–9 discuss the laws of the Passover lamb offering, and the tenth and final chapter discusses the order of the Passover seder, as well as the law of pairs.

PTIJ section

Chapter 1 PTIJ: Spontaneous Combustion on Erev Pesach
Chapter 8 PTIJ: Why were people burned for mixing up their Karban Pesach?

  • @Heshy did you mean to sign up for chap 9 or not? It has your name but isn't marked off. – Popular Isn't Right Apr 10 at 22:10
  • @PopularIsn'tRight yeah I didn't get a chance to ask a question yet. If you have one go ahead and ask it. – Heshy Apr 10 at 22:23
  • @Heshy I didn't realize the X didn't come till it was finished. I got it now. – Popular Isn't Right Apr 12 at 0:43

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