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Fight or flight: The nature of Judaism
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July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pmAfter the destruction of the Second Temple two millennia ago, a group of scholars came together to discuss the nature of Judaism in a post-Temple world.
Their discussions, which make up the Talmud, set forth a path for the future of Judaism to come.
"Now, once again, a group of...
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