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Simeon ben Shetach, Rabbi

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Simeon ben Shetach, Rabbi: (1st century BCE) During John Hyrcanus' persecution of the Pharisees, he was hidden by his sister Salome Alexandra. Later, during Alexander Jannaeus's reign, he became the head of the Sanhedrin, and succeeded in ousting the Sadducees from the Sanhedrin. Together with his colleague, the high priest Joshua ben Gamla, he instituted a public educational system so that all children could learn Torah.
A great scholar lived in Jerusalem many years ago. His name was Rabbi Shimon ben Shetach. He was a G-d fear­ing man and spent all his time in the study of the Torah. Rabbi Shimon ben Shetach had many disciples and students, but he never accepted any fees ...
81 BCE
Shimon ben Shetach successfully completed the expulsion of the Sadducees (a sect which denied the Oral Torah and the authority of the Sages) who had dominated the Sanhedrin (Supreme Court), replacing them with his Torah-loya disciples, on the 28th of Teve...
The early Hasmonean rulers were righteous people who were careful not to assume the title of monarch. However, it is an old adage that power corrupts, and eventually the Hasmoneans usurped the throne, disregarding the tradition that only a descendant of K...
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