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Unformatted text preview: Rabbinic Judaism- Destruction of the temple causes two breaks: 1) within Judaism 2) Outside Judaism o For every devout Jew , the temple was the center of the universe because God lived there It was the center of Jerusalem Which was the center of Israel Which (to them) was the center of the world • **Similar to Islam’s Mecca and Catholic’s Vatican City- Sadducees o Most associated with the temple, but when the temple is gone they fade away because they have no purpose The temple was the source of their power- Essences o They had no contact with the people and Rome eventually conquers their settlements and they die off- Pharisees o They have oral torah meaning they don’t need at temple to exist This makes the Pharisees survive after the destruction of the temple Rabbi Yohanan Ben Zakkai uses Hosea 6:6 as saying that you don’t need a temple to please God and that acts of mercy, love, and kindness are just as good to appease God • Very vague. Rabbis have to explain what “acts of mercy, love, and kindness” mean and what constitutes them o Thru the answer they get, Jews, thru their lives, will take the place of the temple and become the temple Very successful o Rabbi Yohanan goes to Rome and asks to build a Jewish school for Jewish training • **Pharisees were only group (of the 3) to get along with Rome** School is called Yavneh Yeshiva (100 AD) • “Yavneh” is the city and “Yeshiva” is Hebrew for school o Rabbis want to know what is next?? What should boundaries be to find Rabbis want to know what is next?...
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