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Question 3.22:
What are Baraitot?


Any authoritative legal material that was not redacted as part of the Mishna is known as Baraitot. Often the Gemara (main part of the Talmud) will quote a legal source outside the Mishna; This is a quoting of a baraita. Everything in the Tosefta is Baraita by definition, although there is much material that is considered Baraita that is from outside the Tosefta. The word 'baraita' means 'external teaching'.

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