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Rabban Yohanan Ben Zakkai and Zekher Le-Mikdash

by Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on July 5, 2016)
Topics: Machshava/Jewish Thought, Mikdash, Korbanot and Kohanim, Moed, Rosh Hashanah, Talmud

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Rabbi Yohanan Ben Zakai (RYBZ), leader of the Jewish people during the period immediately following the destruction of the temple, established a number of edicts (takanot) during his tenure. The Talmud places the total number at nine, six of which are explicitly stated in the Mishnah, and three more are attributed to him by the Talmud. While only one of his takanot explicitly mention the phrase “a commemoration for the temple (zecher le-mikdash),” many are introduced by the phrase “when the temple was destroyed he enacted (mi-shekharav hamikdash hitkin),” and almost all of them seem to be responding to the destruction of the temple…

This article was originally published in Millin Havivin Vol. 2. To read the complete article, click here.