Parashat Shoftim / There Are Judges in Yavneh

While the Mishnah presents an idyllic picture, the Tosefta presents a judicial system that is a reflection of the one operating in Yavneh after the Temple’s destruction.

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In the famous opening mishnah of Tractate Avot, in the Babylonian Talmud, the members of the Great Knesset are cited: “They said three things: Be moderate in your judgments, produce many students and make a...