Gunn, Janet (
Mon, 5 May 1997 12:46:48 -0400

I am new to studying Torah and Judaism. In studying/reading I occasionally
come across words/numbers such as:

Vayyikra 1:2 (citing the Rabbinic exegesis in Sifra), ;(BT Berakhot 21a, BT
Pesahim 54a, JT Berakhot 4:4). These names and numbers seem to indicate a
written document. I'm guessing this is a book (Talmud perhaps?) and these
are the names of the authors and the section of the text I might locate the
information I've just seen cited.

Also what is the definition of these words? Pirkei Avoth; Mishnayot;

Thank you for your response.