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(סִפְרָא), Aramaic for “book” (also traditionally called torat kohanim, “priestly law”), is a tannaitic (early rabbinic) exposition (Rabbinic literature) of Leviticus; it is assigned to the second group (school of Rabbi Akiba) of halakhic midrashim. The work is a continuous commentary on Leviticus and hence contains primarily halakhic traditions (Halakhah), many of which exhibit parallels to the Mishnah and Tosefta. The version of Sifra in printed editions includes later additions: an introduction, in which the 13 rules of exegesis (middot) are explained, th…

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Reichman, Ronen, “Sifra”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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