Elul and Tishrei Mishnayot Project
Elul 5777 and Tishrei 5778
On the back of the wonderful success and community bond over learning an entire Order of the Mishna for Shavuot, we thought it would be amazing to do it again!
Now, in the lead up to Rosh Hashanah, to end and start the year with a bit more learning as a community, we are going to learn Seder Nashim!
It is a bit shorter than the previous seder we learned – but we still need everyone’s participation to make this happen! Seder Nashim has seven mesechtot made up of 71 perakim. This is roughly 115 mishnayot fewer than what we did previously. I am learning the last four chapters (Mesechet Kedushin) so there are just 67 left to choose from!
Please choose a chapter or two (or 3!):
We will make a siyum together during Shabbat Parashat Noach (21 October) at Kiddush after davening.
About The Mishna
The Mishna, which is the basis of all talmudic discussion, was completed and edited at the beginning of the third century CE by Rabbi Yehuda HaNassi in the Galilee. Throughout Jewish history, the Jewish people across the diaspora have lived a life connected to these teachings–based on the sanctity and integrity of the Torah–that bound world Jewry together in spite of the enormous distances of space and society. The great men of the Mishna–Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakai, Rabbi Akiva, Rabbi Yehuda HaNassi, Hillel, Shammai, et al–were all household names and familiar “guests” in Jewish homes the world over. Even though the vast majority of Jews were not necessarily scholars, almost all were aware of the Mishna, its values, messages, decisions and stories. It was the guiding book in their lives, not only in matters of ritual and law, but also in terms of personal behaviour, societal goals, and vision of the Jewish future.
Please join us for this exciting learning initiative.
K’tivah v’chatima tova!
Rabbi Moshe Mayerfeld