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 [email protected], and we'll help you out.

  • Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat.
    – Isaac Moses Mod
    Mar 27, 2019 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, 2019 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 Mod
    Apr 5, 2019 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, 2019 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 Mod
    Apr 17, 2019 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 Mod
    Apr 28, 2019 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 Mod
    Apr 28, 2019 at 16:05
  • This will set a hard precedent to follow when Mi Yodeya turns 15. May 6, 2019 at 13:56
  • @Y e z Not so hard if we start five years ahead instead of eight months! :)
    – Isaac Moses Mod
    May 6, 2019 at 13:56
  • Are we allowed to claim multiple chapters with the intent of learning them Shavuos night?
    – DonielF
    Jun 3, 2019 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 Mod
    Jun 3, 2019 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, 2019 at 12:15
  • @mbloch I would recommend at least trying to make contact first to see what their intentions are.
    – Isaac Moses Mod
    Sep 3, 2019 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, 2019 at 14:05
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    Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/118924/170
    – msh210 Mod
    Dec 13, 2020 at 23:39

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