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Hakhel Ceremony

The Origins of Torah Study

A Post-Destruction model of Jewish Identity: Reading and studying Torah as if our life depended on it.

Dr.

Jacob L. Wright

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The Hakhel Ceremony

Who, What, When and Where

Prof.

Marc Zvi Brettler

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Historical Hakhel Ceremonies and the Origin of Public Torah Reading

Deuteronomy’s mitzvah of publicly reading the Torah on Sukkot every seven years appears in various forms in stories about King Josiah, King Agrippa, and Ezra the Scribe. The latter’s innovative ceremony served as the model for what became synagogue Torah-reading. 

Prof.

Aaron Demsky

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