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Zeraim

These are the individual tractates of Zeraim, the first order of the Mishna. These descriptions are not meant as Halachic decisions. Please consult an Orthodox Rabbi for specific information.

  • Berachos - While this tractate is not directly relevant to the general theme of this order (agricultural laws), Berachos is, nevertheless, a good start-off tractate for the Talmud. It deals with the laws and philosophy of prayer and blessings, which is a central part of every Jews life.
  • Peah - The laws requiring a Jewish farmer to leave parts of his crop for the poor.
  • Demai - The status of produce about which it is questionable if proper tithes had been removed.
  • Kilayim - The laws concerning forbidden mixtures (planting various crops in one field, plowing with work animals of different species, clothing containing both linen and wool).
  • Shviis - The laws concerning the requirement for Jewish farmers in Israel to leave their fields unworked every seventh year.
  • Trumos - The laws concerning those parts of Israeli produce that must be given to a Kohen (priest).
  • Ma'asros - The laws of the tithes that must be given to a Levi.
  • Ma'aser Sheni The laws of the secondary tithe that must be eaten only in Jerusalem (or redeemed with coins that are to be spent in Jerusalem).
  • Challah - The the laws of the portion of dough that must be removed from baked goods and given to a Kohen.
  • Arla - The prohibition of eating from the fruits of a tree in its first three years (and what the do with the fruits of the fourth year so they may be eaten).
  • Bikurim - Describes the bringing of a farmer's first fruits to Jerusalem (in the time of the Temple).


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