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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. The Samarians, bitter enemies of the Jews, had convinced Alexander that the Jews' refusal to plac...
Learning Pirkei Avot on Five Levels
The World Stands on Three Pillars
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
The Tomb of Simeon the Righteous
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
The Greeks
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
Ezra and the Second Temple
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 Three Pillars of the World
“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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