was a 2nd-century tannaitic sage in ancient Israel, said to be active after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE.He was one of the most eminent disciples of Rabbi Akiva, and is pseudepigraphically attributed by many Orthodox Jews with the authorship of the Zohar, the chief work of Kabbalah.Legend has it that, as a young man, he was an excellent bowman but knew little or nothing about daily prayers.But once he got serious about his faith, the legend goes, he performed many miracles.In addition, important legal homilies called Sifre and Mekhilta are attributed to him (not to be confused with the Mekhilta of Rabbi Ishmael, of which much of the text is the same).In the Mishnah, in which he is the fourth-most mentioned sage, he is often referred to as simply "Rabbi Shimon".LAWRENCE KELEMEN is a professor of education at Neve Yerushalayim College of Jewish Studies for Women in Jerusalem, where he also lectures in modern and medieval philosophy. Man and woman represent two forms of divine energy; they are the male and female elements of a single soul.
Moses passed his leadership on to Joshua as commanded by God in the Book of Numbers where the subject of semikhah ("laying [of hands]" or "ordination") is first mentioned in the Torah: Despite the name, the classical semikhah did not actually require a literal laying on of hands; the operative part of the ceremony consisted of a court of three, at least one of whom himself had semikhah, conferring the authority on the recipient.
Today many believe in the existence of an unbroken chain of rabbinical tradition dating back to the time of Moshe ben Amram ("Moses") and Yehoshua ben Nun ("Joshua") According to the Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible, Moses ordained Joshua through semikhah. Traditionally Moses is also assumed to be the "first rabbi" of the Israelites.
He is still known to most Jews as Moshe Rabbeinu ("Moses our Teacher").
According to a legend in the Babylonian Talmud, Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai criticized the Roman government and was forced to go into hiding with his son for thirteen years.
They sheltered in a cave (which local tradition places in Peki'in).
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refers to a specific type of ordination that, according to traditional Jewish teaching, traces a line of authority back to Moshe ben Amram, The Men of the Great Assembly, and the Great Sanhedrin.
The line of classical may not have been broken at all but that it continued outside of the land of Israel. The elders later ordained their successors in this way. This chain of hands-on semikhah continued through the time of the Second Temple, to an undetermined time.
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