Student Teaching in the New Millenium

Why Berakoth? Why Evening Shema? (5772 Berakoth)

In Talmud on October 27, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Why prefix the Seder Zera’im with Berakoth? Why isn’t there a Seder Berakoth?

Why begin Berakoth with the evening Shema? Why not discuss blessings and worship related to the cultivation of the land?

Why begin Berakoth with the evening Shema? Why not discuss Shemoneh Esrei, or Kaddish, or Aleinu? Why not Maariv?

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  1. Read Rambam’s introduction to the Mishna for his opinion on the ordering of the masechtot.

    In truth though, there isn’t much of an order to sugyot in Shas as a whole (although the sedarim are focused around certain general topics).

    If Brachot had started with the Amida, you’d have asked why not Shema? If with Mariv, why not Shacharit? etc etc.

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