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  • #607886

    playtime
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    What is your favorite Masechta in Shas, and why?

    (sorry women, you’ll have to sit out on this one)

  • #922233

    Avos.

    So much good advice and so concise!

  • #922234

    Pirkei Avos (since boys commented on my mouse/insect thread)

  • #922235

    akuperma
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    Based on frequency of publication and the extent it is studied, and the extent it has influenced Hebrew language and Jewish thought, clearly the winner is: Pirkei Avos.

  • #922236

    playtime
    Member

    In gemara! Not mishnayos.

    What is your favorite Masechta in Talmud Bavli??

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  • #922237

    I liked the Ein Yaakov on Sanhedrin. It was really interesting to read about eschatological times.

  • #922238

    HaLeiVi
    Member

    The current one. I never had the thought while learning one Masechta that I wish I were rather learning another — at least once I was out of class.

  • #922239

    akuperma
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    Dear “talmud”: All masechtas are included in the Talmud, regardless of whether or not a given masechtas has a gemara on it. Perhaps you meant to ask “of those mascechtas with a Babli gemara, which is your favorite?”.

    Then you should ask, favorite for which purpose? For example, if you need to learn one fast in order to make a siyum on erev Pesach, ones such as Megillah and Beitsah win.

    However it is clear the Pirkei Avos is without a doubt the most widely studied portion of the Talmud, the one most frequently published and commented on, and the one that has had the most impact.

  • #922240

    playtime
    Member

    akuperma:

    Technically, you’re correct. All masechtos of Mishnayos are included in Talmud Bavli. But colloquially, masechta in talmud bavli could more simmply mean Gemara.

    By favorite, I meant which is most to your liking; which pulls you most.

    Also it is widely accepted that the Amora’im did not have access to Pirkei Avos.

  • #922241

    playtime
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    torah613613torah:

    Eschatological- good word!

  • #922242

    147
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    What is your favorite Masechta in Shas, and why?

    Arachin:- It covers a nice array of Topics. This in addition to the fact that the Chofetz Chaim made such a strong impassioned plea for everyone to increase learning in Seder Kodoshim.

    What is your favorite Masechta in Talmud Bavli??

    How about Yerushalmi?????? I have currently learned 2 Massechtos in Yerushalmi, 1 of them being Berochos, and it is awesome.

  • #922243

    sushee
    Member

    talmud: Mesechtes Avos has a Gemora, but it was lost.

  • #922244

    Josh31
    Member

    If I had become a lawyer it would have been in real estate law.

    Hence, Baba Basra has a special fascination for me.

    The specific Rebbe, Rav Moshe Heinemann certainly also helped.

    The 5 daughters of Tzlofchad were able to keep his legacy alive and even get his extra portion for being a first born!

  • #922245

    playtime
    Member

    sushee- “Mesechtes Avos has a Gemora, but it was lost”

    Says who?

    Rav Avigdor Miller was adament that no other Talmud Bavli exist other than the Gemaros we have.

    no wasabi, please.

  • #922247

    jmj613
    Participant

    megille. but some others to. psuchim, bruches, buve basre(bifrat the third perek cheskas habatim)etc etc

  • #922248

    yekke2
    Participant

    Kesuvos. You don’t realize what they mean when they say “Kesuvos is Shas Kotton” until you’ve finished it. There are so many Yediyos in Kesuvos (Gemara Rashi Tosfos. If you know the basic Rishonim as well then you’re really doing well!)

  • #922249

    benignuman
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    Yevamos. First large mesechta I ever finished and knew. It’s very challenging, has some great lomdus and is chock full of interesting and odd happenings.

  • #922250

    Bava Metziah. Only mesechta I had a good rebbi for.

  • #922251

    playtime
    Member

    It’s amazing that a Rebbe can have so much influence on the material.

    I guess it’s not just what you learn, but how you learn it.

  • #922252

    talmud, thanks. And what’s wrong with saying that a Gemara was lost?

  • #922253

    playtime
    Member

    torah613613torah: “what’s wrong with saying that a Gemara was lost?”

    There have been failed attempts over the centuries of people producing factitious copies of “new found” Gemaros in Talmud Bavli.

    In ‘Exalted People’, Rabbi Avigdor Miller writes that the Gemaros we have today are the complete set of Bavli, and no additions exist.

    If there are Gedolim that argue with this point, please let me know.

  • #922254

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    yevamos

  • #922255

    Talmud, that’s interesting. Wouldn’t it seem logical to state that they were lost, but cannot find them?

    Isn’t that what happened with the Zohar?

  • #922256

    WIY
    Member

    Yknow this website is one big de javu

  • #922257

    golfer
    Participant

    WIY, deja (already) vu (seen).

    Deja vu.

    You’re welcome.

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