Thursday, April 18, 2013

48 Ways: #15 - Mishnah


Pirkei Avot 6:5 teaches that Torah is acquired in 48 ways, which it lists for us. The fifteenth of the 48 is mishnah.

It is possible that this refers to the canonized text that we know as Mishnah. However, it is also possible that this refers to general halachah, which is what the Talmud usually means when it refers to mishnah. Either way, the point is that excellence in Torah study requires a mastery of core rabbinic teachings. Analytical skills are important, and mastery of biblical text is important, but one must also master the building-block teachings of the Sages in order to know Torah.

Have a great day,

No comments:

Post a Comment