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Education and the Study of the Torah

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The main component of Jewish education in the first century C.E. is the study of the Torah. In order to understand education one must first see what place the Torah occupied in the life and thought of the Jewish people. In the course of the Second Temple period different sects and movements came into being, which developed their own ways of interpretation of the written and oral Law, but they all accepted the Torah as the fundamental law of existence and as teacher and guide of the Jewish nation for all times. The study of Torah did not terminate when a boy finished school. Those, who were preparing to be scribes, teachers, judges of the synagogue, continued their studies, and number of others were involved in Torah study in groups and even more attended at least the sermons given on the Sabbath and festivals in the synagogue.

Keywords: Jewish education; oral Law; Sabbath; synagogue; Torah study; written law

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