For the questions of Prof. Steven: (1) why there was a special need or a special legal dispensation to create the separate, apparently legislative, institution known as the Great Assembly/Anshe Kennesset HaGedolah rather than relying on the institution of the Sanhedrin; and (2) if a separate institution was desired, why it was created with a membership of an even number of 120 -
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I have found the following quotation ascribed to Mordecai Kaplan, the founder of Reconstructionism, but have not been able to trace it to any published source:
“We short-circuit religion when we treat it as an affair between the individual and God. To function normally, the religious current connecting the individual with God must pass through the life of the people.”
Can anyone provide a source for this?
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H-Judaic is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Howard Morley Sachar (1928-2018), Professor Emeritus of History and International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington, D.C, and one of the most widely-read Jewish historians of our time. His THE COURSE OF MODERN JEWISH HISTORY (1959) educated a whole generation of American Jews and his A HISTORY OF ISRAEL was likewise a pioneering contribution. Prof. Sachar's daughter, Michele Sachar, has produced the following necrology, which we reprint from the FORWARD website:
The Talmud takes goes to great length to establish the number of members of the Sanhedrin HaGadol (70 or 71). That institution not only served as a High Court but also as a Legislature that enacted various types of laws and regulations. I have not found a serious discussion of (1) why there was either a special need or a special legal dispensation to create the separate, apparently legislative, institution known as the Great Assembly/Anshe Kennesset HaGedolah rather than relying on the institution of the Sanhedrin HaGadol; or (2) if a separate institution was desired, why it was created w
I am at the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati on a research grant working on this topic. I hope to be publishing an article based on my student papers and other resources. I want to augment that with insights from an informal survey.
"Student" is defined broadly to include many post-high school experiences including gap-year programs, kibbutz programs, yeshivot, work/study programs such as WUJS or Sherut Le'Am as well as university study.
I am seeking responses from North Americans who were in israel on such long-term programs from 1967-1973.
Amin al-Husayni was Mufti when the guide was published, but it is unlikely that the guide was authored by him: writing English prose wasn't really his thing. I would suggest two possibilities. One is that the guide was authored by Adel Jabre, who was librarian of the Al-Aqsa Library at the time and curator of the Islamic Museum. He is known to have authored a guide to the Haram al-Khalil in Hebron in the 20s and it makes him a possible author/copywriter for this one too. See: