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Simeon the Righteous

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Simeon the Righteous: From the last members of the Great Assembly, served as high priest and head of the Sanhedrin for 40 years. In 313 BCE, when the Samaritans tried to have the Holy Temple destroyed, Simeon met with Alexander the Great who agreed to leave the Temple standing, foiling the Samaritans' plot.
With the passing of the last prophets, a glorious era came to an end for the Jewish people.
313 BCE
On Kislev 21 of the year 3448 from creation (313 BCE), there occurred the historic meeting between Shimon HaTzaddik and Alexander ('the Great") of Macedonia. (Source: Megillat Taanit) The Samarians, bitter enemies of the Jews, had convinced Alexander that...
The acronym MGI—Most Generous Interpretation—essentially conveys the wisdom of our sages, “Judge everyone to the side of merit.”
The name Alexander is unique in that its origin is definitely not Jewish.
Learning Pirkei Avot on Five Levels
Shimon the Righteous was among the last surviving members of the Great assembly. He would say: The world stands on three things: Torah, the service of G-d, and deeds of kindness. (Ethics of Our Fathers 1:2)
Sacred Sightseeing: Kever Shimon HaTzaddik
Join Rabbi Mordechai Weiss as he tours the tomb of Simeon the Righteous, and discover its history and significance.
A biblical history of the Jews
Toward the end of the Second Temple Era, the influence of Hellenistic values became a threat to Jewish existence.
A biblical history of the Jews
After the seventy-year exile in Babylon, many of the Jewish people return to their homeland under the leadership of Ezra.
Learning Pirkei Avot: chapter 1, mishnah 2-3
“The world stands on three things: Torah, the service of G d, and deeds of kindness.” “Do not be as slaves who serve their master for the sake of reward...”
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