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—— Tannaitic ——

Mishnah Tosefta

—— Amoraic (Gemara) ——

Jerusalem Talmud Babylonian Talmud

—— Later ——

Minor Tractates

Halakhic Midrash

—— Exodus ——

Mekhilta of Rabbi Ishmael Mekhilta of Rabbi Shimon
Mekhilta of Rabbi Shimon
bar Yohai

—— Leviticus ——

Sifra
Sifra
(Torat Kohanim)

—— Numbers and Deuteronomy ——

Sifre Sifrei Zutta on Numbers (Mekhilta le-Sefer Devarim)

Aggadic Midrash

—— Tannaitic ——

Seder Olam Rabbah Alphabet of Rabbi Akiva Baraita of the Forty-nine Rules Baraita on the Thirty-two Rules Baraita on the Erection of the Tabernacle

—— 400–600 ——

Genesis Rabbah Lamentations Rabbah Pesikta de-Rav Kahana Esther Rabbah Midrash Iyyob Leviticus Rabbah Seder Olam Zutta Tanhuma Megillat Antiochus

—— 650–900 ——

Avot of Rabbi Natan Pirke De-Rabbi Eliezer Tanna Devei Eliyahu Alphabet of Sirach Ecclesiastes Rabbah Shir ha-Shirim Rabbah Deuteronomy Rabbah Devarim Zutta Pesikta Rabbati Midrash Shmuel Midrash Proverbs Ruth Rabbah Baraita of Samuel Targum
Targum
Sheni

—— 900–1000 ——

Ruth Zuta Eichah Zuta Midrash Tehillim Midrash Hashkem Exodus Rabbah Shir ha-Shirim Zutta

—— 1000–1200 ——

Midrash Tadshe Sefer haYashar

—— Later ——

Yalkut Shimoni Machir ben Abba Mari Midrash Jonah Ein Yaakov Midrash HaGadol Numbers Rabbah Smaller midrashim

Targum

—— Torah
Torah
——

Targum
Targum
Onkelos Targum
Targum
Pseudo-Jonathan Fragment Targum Targum
Targum
Neofiti

—— Nevi'im
Nevi'im
——

Targum
Targum
Jonathan

—— Ketuvim
Ketuvim
——

Targum
Targum
Tehillim Targum
Targum
Mishlei Targum
Targum
Iyyov Targum
Targum
to the Five Megillot Targum Sheni
Targum Sheni
to Esther Targum
Targum
to Chronicles

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The Gemara
Gemara
(also transliterated Gemora, Gemarah, or, less commonly, Gemorra; from Hebrew גמרא‬, from the Aramaic
Aramaic
verb gamar, study) is the component of the Talmud
Talmud
comprising rabbinical analysis of and commentary on the Mishnah. After the Mishnah
Mishnah
was published by Judah the Prince (c. 200 CE), the work was studied exhaustively by generation after generation of rabbis in Babylonia
Babylonia
and the Land of Israel. Their discussions were written down in a series of books that became the Gemara, which when combined with the Mishnah
Mishnah
constituted the Talmud. There are two versions of the Gemara. The Jerusalem Talmud
Jerusalem Talmud
(Talmud Yerushalmi) was compiled by scholars of the Land of Israel, primarily of the academies of Tiberias
Tiberias
and Caesarea, and was published between about 350–400 CE. The Talmud
Talmud
Bavli was published about 500 CE by scholars of Babylonia, primarily of the academies of Sura, Pumbedita, and Mata Mehasia. By convention, a reference to the "Gemara" or "Talmud," without further qualification, refers to the Babylonian version. The main compilers were Revina and Rav Ashi. see Talmud.

Contents

1 Gemara
Gemara
and Mishnah 2 Origins of the word 3 The Sugya 4 Argumentation and debate

4.1 Prooftexts 4.2 Questions addressed

4.2.1 Language 4.2.2 Logic 4.2.3 Legal 4.2.4 Biblical exposition

5 See also 6 Further reading 7 References 8 External links

Gemara
Gemara
and Mishnah[edit] The Gemara
Gemara
and the Mishnah
Mishnah
together make up the Talmud. The Talmud thus comprises two components: the Mishnah
Mishnah
– the core text; and the Gemara
Gemara
– analysis and commentary which "completes" the Talmud
Talmud
(see Structure of the Talmud). The rabbis of the Mishnah
Mishnah
are known as Tannaim (sing. Tanna תנא‬). The rabbis of the Gemara
Gemara
are referred to as Amoraim
Amoraim
(sing. Amora אמורא). Because there are two Gemaras, there are in fact two Talmuds: the Jerusalem Talmud
Jerusalem Talmud
(Hebrew: תלמוד ירושלמי‬, "Talmud Yerushalmi"), and the Babylonian Talmud
Talmud
(Hebrew: תלמוד בבלי‬, " Talmud
Talmud
Bavli"), corresponding to the Jerusalem Gemara and the Babylonian Gemara; both share the same Mishnah. The Gemara
Gemara
is mostly written in Aramaic, the Jerusalem Gemara
Gemara
in Western Aramaic
Aramaic
and the Babylonian in Eastern Aramaic, but both contain portions in Hebrew. Sometimes the language changes in the middle of a story. Origins of the word[edit] In a narrow sense, the word Gemara
Gemara
refers to the mastery and transmission of existing tradition, as opposed to sevara, which means the deriving of new results by logic. Both activities are represented in the "Gemara" as a literary work. The term "gemara" for the activity of study is far older than its use as a description of any text: thus Pirke Avot
Pirke Avot
(Ch.5), a work long preceding the recording of the Talmud, recommends starting "Mishnah" at the age of 10 and "Gemara" at the age of 15. The Sugya[edit] The analysis of the Amoraim
Amoraim
is generally focused on clarifying the positions, words and views of the Tannaim. These debates and exchanges form the "building-blocks" of the gemara; the name for such a passage of gemara is a sugya (סוגיא‬; plural sugyot). A sugya will typically comprise a detailed proof-based elaboration of the Mishna. Every aspect of the Mishnaic text is treated as a subject of close investigation. This analysis is aimed at an exhaustive understanding of the Mishna's full meaning. In the Talmud, a sugya is presented as a series of responsive hypotheses and questions – with the Talmudic text as a record of each step in the process of reasoning and derivation. The Gemara
Gemara
thus takes the form of a dialectical exchange (by contrast, the Mishnah states concluded legal opinions – and often differences in opinion between the Tannaim. There is little dialogue). The disputants here are termed the makshan (questioner, "one who raises a difficulty") and tartzan (answerer, "one who puts straight"). The gemara records the semantic disagreements between Tannaim and Amoraim. Some of these debates were actually conducted by the Amoraim, though many of them are hypothetically reconstructed by the Talmud's redactors. (Often imputing a view to an earlier authority as to how he may have answered a question: "This is what Rabbi X could have argued ...") Rarely are debates formally closed. Argumentation and debate[edit] The distinctive character of the gemara derives largely from the intricate use of argumentation and debate, described above. In each sugya, either participant may cite scriptural, Mishnaic and Amoraic proof to build a logical support for their respective opinions. The process of deduction required to derive a conclusion from a prooftext is often logically complex and indirect. "Confronted with a statement on any subject, the Talmudic student will proceed to raise a series of questions before he satisfies himself of having understood its full meaning."[1] This analysis is often described as "mathematical" in approach; Adin Steinsaltz
Adin Steinsaltz
makes the analogy of the Amoraim
Amoraim
as scientists investigating the Halakha, where the Tanakh, Mishnah, Tosefta
Tosefta
and midrash are the phenomena studied. Prooftexts[edit] Prooftexts quoted to corroborate or disprove the respective opinions and theories will include:

verses from the Tanakh: the exact language employed is regarded as significant; other mishnayot: cross-references to analogous cases, or to parallel reasoning by the Tanna in question; Beraitot בראתא – uncodified mishnayot which are also sources of halakha (lit. outside material; sing. beraita ברייתא);

references to opinions and cases in the Tosefta
Tosefta
(תוספתא); references to the Halakhic Midrash
Halakhic Midrash
(Mekhilta, Sifra
Sifra
and Sifre);

cross-references to other sugyot: again to analogous cases or logic.

Questions addressed[edit] The actual debate will usually centre on the following categories: Language[edit] Why does the Mishna use one word rather than another? If a statement is not clear enough, the Gemara
Gemara
seeks to clarify the Mishna's intention. Logic[edit] Exploring the logical principles underlying the Mishnah's statements, and showing how different understandings of the Mishnah's reasons could lead to differences in their practical application. What underlying principle is entailed in a statement of fact or in a specific instance brought as an illustration? If a statement appears obvious, the Gemara
Gemara
seeks the logical reason for its necessity. It seeks to answer under which circumstances a statement is true, and what qualifications are permissible. All statements are examined for internal consistency. Legal[edit] Resolving contradictions, perceived or actual, between different statements in the Mishnah, or between the Mishnah
Mishnah
and other traditions; e.g., by stating that: two conflicting sources are dealing with differing circumstances; or that they represent the views of different Rabbis. Do certain authorities differ or not? If they do, why do they differ? If a principle is presented as a generalization, the gemara clarifies how much is included; if an exception, how much is excluded. Biblical exposition[edit] Demonstrating how the Mishnah's rulings or disputes, derive from interpretations of Biblical texts. The Gemara
Gemara
will often ask where in the Torah
Torah
the Mishnah
Mishnah
derives a particular law. See Talmudic hermeneutics. See also[edit]

Members of Kvutza Rodges (de) stuyding the gemara (June 1, 1935)

Daf Yomi The Kallah Month Hadran (Talmud) Jerusalem Talmud Oral law in Judaism Siyum HaShas

Further reading[edit]

"Gemara", Jewish Encyclopedia "Gemara", Prof. Eliezer Segal " Maimonides
Maimonides
introduction to the Mishneh Torah" English translation "Mevo ha-Talmud", Samuel ha-Nagid "Talmudic Method", Harry Austryn Wolfson The Essential Talmud: Thirtieth Anniversary Edition, Adin Steinsaltz (Basic Books, 2006). ISBN 0-465-08273-4 Read more here. See also here. The Talmud: A Reference Guide, Adin Steinsaltz
Adin Steinsaltz
(Random House, 1996). ISBN 0-679-77367-3 Read more here. Introduction to The Talmud
Talmud
and Midrash, H.L. Strack and G. Stemberger (Fortress Press, 1992). ISBN 0-567-09509-6 The Infinite Chain: Torah, Masorah, and Man, Nathan T. Lopes Cardozo ( Targum
Targum
Press Distributed by Philipp Feldheim, 1989). ISBN 978-0-944070-15-4

References[edit]

^ "Talmudic Method". 

External links[edit]

Point by point summary and discussion of the Gemara Gemara
Gemara
Marking System: Keys to Structure Daf-A-Week: A project to study a daf per week The Complete Babylonian Talmud
Talmud
(Aramaic/Hebrew) as scanned images of the pages. The Complete Babylonian Talmud
Talmud
(Aramaic/Hebrew) as text. (Also available from other sites) A printable chart with listings of all Dappim from each Mesechta Gemara
Gemara
Brochos:"Shema, Tefillah and Brochos" Daily Gemara
Gemara
by Rabbi Eli Mansour  "Gemara". New International Encyclo

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