Understanding the Talmud and the issues and topics at hand often means understanding the personalities in the text. Join Rabbi David Sedley as explores the life and times of Shimon Hatzadik, one of the last of the Great Assembly.
Shimon Hatzadik: Shimon HaTzadik
This class focuses on Shimon HaTzadik who was one of the last of the Men of the Great Assembly, and is the earliest rabbi quoted in the mishna.
There are very few stories about him or statements by him — we will look at all of them in this class.
We also discuss his family, and we’ll discover the fight between his two sons that led to one of them building a Temple in Alexandria and serving as the High Priest there while his brother was the High Priest in Jerusalem.
Rabbi David Sedley lives in Jerusalem with his wife and six children. He was born and raised in New Zealand before making Aliya in 1992. He left Israel temporarily (for eight years) to serve as a communal Rabbi in Scotland and England and returned to Israel in 2004. He has translated Rabbeinu Yonah's commentary on Pirkei Avos and is the co-author of Sefiros: Spiritual Refinement Through Counting the Omer (both Judaica Press). Over the years Rabbi Sedley has worked as a journalist, a translator, a video director and in online reputation management. He also writes a weekly Torah blog on the Times of Israel - https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/author/david-sedley.