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Saving the Mt. Sinai Mosaics, George H. Forsyth and Kurt Weitzmann, BAR 4:04, Nov-Dec 1978.
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Saving the Mt. Sinai Mosaics, George H. Forsyth and Kurt Weitzmann, BAR 4:04, Nov-Dec 1978.

Archaeologists usually recover their treasures beneath the earth. Instead of digging beneath the earth, however, we were high above it on a four-story scaffold, exploring the half-dome of the apse of the Byzantine Church at Saint Catherine’s monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai. But we felt as much like archaeologists as those who dig […]

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The Rabbinic Period, Returning, the Land of Israel as a Focus in Jewish History, Benjamin J. Segal, World Zionist Organization, Jerusalem 1987.
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The Rabbinic Period, Returning, the Land of Israel as a Focus in Jewish History, Benjamin J. Segal, World Zionist Organization, Jerusalem 1987.

In the fifth century B.C.E., Ezra and Nehemiah reestablished a spiritual and political base for the fledgling community which had returned to Israel from the Babylonian exile. For more than a thousand years there-following, the Jews would engage in reinterpretation and redefinition of their culture. By the time those centuries had passed, all the basic […]

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Nehemiah 7-8: The Reading of the Torah, Texts and Traditions, ed. Lawrence H. Schiffman, Ktav Publishing House, Hoboken NJ, 1998.
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Nehemiah 7-8: The Reading of the Torah, Texts and Traditions, ed. Lawrence H. Schiffman, Ktav Publishing House, Hoboken NJ, 1998.

The Hebrew Bible Soon after the arrival of Ezra in Judea in the middle of the fifth century B.C.E., the Judeans entered into a pact to observe the laws of the Torah. As part of this covenant renewal ceremony, the Torah was read aloud and explained. 7-73 When the seventh month arrived—Israelites being [settled] in […]

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Exodus 19-20: The Revelation at Sinai, Texts and Traditions, ed. Lawrence H. Schiffman, Ktav Publishing House, Hoboken NJ, 1998.
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Exodus 19-20: The Revelation at Sinai, Texts and Traditions, ed. Lawrence H. Schiffman, Ktav Publishing House, Hoboken NJ, 1998.

The great deliverance from Egypt forged the numerous descendants of the sons of Jacob into a unified nation. Their national destiny was revealed during the revelation of the Torah which contained the moral, ethical, and ritual codes that would sustain them in the desert and guide them once they reached the Promised Land. Later Jewish […]

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The Daily Life of the Jew
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The Daily Life of the Jew

Excerpted from Lawrence H. Schiffman, From Text to Tradition, Ktav Publishing House, Hoboken, NJ, 1991. The rabbis sought to sanctify all of man’s actions, even the most mundane. Accordingly, it was expected that such matters as personal hygiene and dress would come under the halakhah as well as matters usually understood as “religious” in the modern sense. […]

Jerusalem Talmud Haggigah 2:1 (77a-77c): Four Who Entered the Pardes
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Jerusalem Talmud Haggigah 2:1 (77a-77c): Four Who Entered the Pardes

Greco-Roman Period The following aggadic narrative demonstrates the reasons for the Rabbinic hesitation to teach esoteric traditions. After Elisha ben Abuyah becomes an apostate, his student Rabbi Meir continues to respect his immense learning while feeling the pain of his loss to the Rabbinic community of sages. Four entered the Pardes- 215 One peeked and […]

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