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This collection of early Rabbinic legal code was compiled by Judah ha-Nasi in the 2nd century. It is divided into 6 parts called orders. Each order (or seder) is subdivided into sections called tractates (or masechet).



The orders are:


  • Zera'im (seeds) - laws of agriculture
  • Mo'ed (set times) - laws of holidays and Sabbath
  • Nashim (women) - laws of marriage, divorce, and vows
  • Nezikin (damages) - civil and criminal law
  • Kodashim (Holy things) - ritual sacrifice and offerings
  • Tahorot (purities) - laws of ceremonial purity



Finding Mishnah on the shelf


Complete sets of the Mishnah are generally shelved in BM 497. They are shelved in this order: original language (BM 497), selections (BM 497.2), translations (BM 497.5), early works about the Mishnah (BM 497.7), then later works (BM 497.8). Individual orders and tractates of the Mishnah are shelved with individual orders and tractates of the Talmud under BM 506 (see the Talmud page). Note: many of these works are shelved in the oversized (folio) section.


Finding Mishnah in the catalog


To find texts of the Mishnah do a title browse search for: mishnah

for example: mishnah avot english

or: mishnah berakhot german

or: mishnah zera'im



To find books written about the Mishnah, do a subject browse search under: mishnah

for example: mishnah avot vi

or: mishna bezah


Finding Mishnah online

Responsa Project - Torah literature and Jewish texts | פרויקט השו"ת - ספרות תורנית

This database includes Torah, Talmud, codes, and commentaries in addition to works of responsa. Texts are available in Hebrew only. Basic searching is available to anyone, but advanced features are only available to subscribers.  The HUC community can access the full features through the Jewish Studies Portal


Ethics of the Fathers


In English translation.


Sayings of the Jewish Fathers (Pirqe Aboth)


Translated by Charles Taylor


Bible and Mishneh Torah for All - Jews and Gentiles / Mechon Mamre

This site has the Tanach in Hebrew and English, Onqelos, and RaMBam's Mishneh Torah, Mishnah, Talmud, and Tosefta.


Sacred Jewish Texts at Snunit - מאגר ספרות הקודש

This Hebrew site includes the Hebrew texts of the Tanakh, Mishnah, Tosefta, Talmud (Babylonian, and Jerusalem), Tosefta, and Mishneh Torah.


Online Treasury of Talmudic Manuscripts at the JNUL

This Hebrew site features early Talmud and Mishnah manuscripts.



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