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Johanan ben Zakkai, Rabbi

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Johanan ben Zakkai, Rabbi: Mishnaic sage, student of Hillel and Shammai, was appointed as the head the Sanhedrin in 50 CE. During the Roman siege on Jerusalem, he advocated concession to the enemy. He escaped Jerusalem and founded a Torah academy in the city of Yavneh, making it the Torah center of Israel. He enacted many practices to memorialize the destroyed Holy Temple and to ensure Jewish continuity.
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Rabban Yochanan the son of Zakkai had five disciples: R’ Eliezer the son of Hurkenus, R’Yehoshua the son of Chananya, R’ Yossei the Kohen, R’ Shimon the son of Netanel, and R’ Elazar the son of Arach. He would recount their praises… (Ethics of Our Fathers...
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Who decided which texts belonged to the biblical canon and which texts did not belong? The Oral Torah during the early, pre-mishnaic periods.
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