תלמוד תורה - Talmud Torah

Yavne is a city in the central district of Israel. Far more than just a modern Israeli city, Yavne has a very important history.

During the Roman siege of Jerusalem in the year 70 CE, Rabban Yochanan Ben Zakkai arranged to be snuck out of the city inside a coffin, so that he could negotiate with Vespasian (who, at this time, was still just a military commander). Yochanan (correctly) predicted that Vespasian would become Emperor, and that the temple would soon be destroyed, in return, Vespasian granted Yochanan three wishes: the salvation of Yavne and its sages, the descendants of Rabban Gamliel, who was a descendant of King David, and a physician to treat Rabbi Tzadok, who had fasted for 40 years to stave off the destruction of Jerusalem.

After the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, Rabban Yochanan Ben Zakkai moved the Sanhedrin to Yavne. Jewish tradition records Rabbi Yochanan as being extremely dedicated to religious study, claiming that no one ever found him engaged in anything but study.

 

So now it’s your turn.  
This month your mitzvah is to do some Jewish study, like Rabban Yochanan did in Yavne. Pick a good Jewish book or movie or maybe look over the weekly Torah portion. There are some great Jewish websites that you can use also. One of my favorites is www.babaganewz.com.