Sanhedrin in Tiberias II

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“In our time, after the establishment of the State of Israel, the question of renewing the Sanhedrin was raised by R. Yehudah L. Fishman-Maimon and the view of the giants of Torah in Israel and the exile is – for whatever reason – not to reintroduce semikhah [the original ordination required for a Sanhedrin].”

– R. Menahem M. Kasher, Torah Shelemah, vol. 15 p. 200

“It is clear in the Rambam – ‘And all the laws return to as they were earlier’ [Mishneh Torah, Hilkhos Melakhim 11:1] – that he rescinded his words from his commentary on the Mishnah and is of the view that Mashiah must come before the Sanhedrin [is renewed].”

– R. Menahem M. Kasher, Ha-Tekufah Ha-Gedolah, vol. 1 p. 378

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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