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In a celebrated verse that opens Tractate Avot of the Babylonian Talmud, better known as Pirkei Avot ‏(Ethics of the Fathers‏), the chain of the Torah’s intergenerational transmission is described: “Moses received the Torah at Sinai and transmitted it to Joshua, who transmitted it to the Elders, who then conveyed it to the Prophets, who passed it on to the members of Knesset Hagedolah [the Great...