Mishnaic and Talmudic Biographies Tutorial

How can I learn more about the rabbis named in the Mishnah and the Talmud?

  1. On the Sefaria website, click on the text to open the resource panel.
  2. Hover over the name of a rabbi. If you see a dotted underline, you will know that you have found a name.
  3. Double click on the name.
  4. The biographical information will appear in the sidebar.

*Note: This feature is not yet available on the Sefaria app.

Why do some entries say "No Description Known?"

Although we have biographies on hundreds of rabbis, we don't have them all. If you see that message, you have found one of the rabbis that doesn't have a bio on Sefaria.

How do I find even more information about the rabbi?

Click on the rabbi's name in the side panel to open the topics page about the rabbi. There you will find a list of sources where the rabbi is quoted, a list of his students, and a list of teachers - all linked to the Sefaria library.