Sunday, November 10, 2013


If anyone has any idea why the Daf HaYomi schedule is now learning Yoma and skipping Rosh HaShana until several months down the line, I'd be much obliged. I assume most folks out there are more or less accustomed to the Vilna Shas' ordering of the tractates which places Rosh HaShana as following Shekalim and preceding Yoma (often printed in the same volume as Yoma lang with Succah); that is why it was puzzling when I noticed that not only does "the Daf's" schedule place it elsewhere, but that both Artscroll and the new Koren Steinsaltz gemarot print them in the same sequence.

Any ideas?

1 comment:

Micha Berger said...

From R' Mordechai Kornfeld at Kollel Iyun haDaf (assuming that the unnamed essays are the Rosh Kollel's):

"Maseches Rosh Hashanah follows Beitzah in the Dafyomi cycle. Although it was printed in the Vilna Shas before Yoma and Sukah, the order followed by the Dafyomi cycle is that followed in the printed editions of the Mishnayos, which is the correct order according to both the Rambam and Rav Sherira Gaon. Rosh Hashanah, they explain, follows Beitzah either as an epilogue to the discussion of the Moadim (Rambam) or as a prologue to the discussion of the growing cycle of produce in Maseches Ta'anis (Rav Sherira - Rosh Hashanah marks the start of the rainy season and the sowing season). This, of course, leaves us wondering why the Maseches dealing with Yom Kipur (Yoma) was placed somewhere else in Seder Moed entirely -- for which they offer various answers (see Introduction of the Tosfos Yom Tov to Yoma). This order of Masechtos does, however, conform precisely to the pattern of larger-Maseches-first which we discussed in our introduction to Maseches Tamid (I:a). Hence, the order in Moed is Shekalim (8 Perakim), followed by Yoma (also 8), Sukah (5), Beitzah (5), Rosh Hashanah (4), Ta'anis (4) and so on."