Instruction. A word applied by the Jews to the oral law. It is
divided into six parts: (1) agriculture;
(2) Sabbaths, fasts, and festivals; (3) marriage and divorce; (4)
civil and penal laws; (5) sacrifices; (6) holy persons and things. The
commentary of the Mishna is called the Gemara. (Herbrew, shanah, to repeat.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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