Their Love For Tilling the Soil is Truly Great
Daily life in Palestine from the first through fifth centuries.
Another obscure matter is the extent of intervention of the central authorities in the daily life of the local community. All we know is that in Jerusalem the president of the Sanhedrin (nasi) and his "government" proclaimed the calendar, sometimes sent a commission to investigate the quality of teaching in the towns, and occasionally appointed a teacher or a spiritual leader when a community requested such assistance. One important institution was still absent in the talmudic period: the "town rabbi," spiritual guide and pastor, respected by all and supported by public funds. This type of local leadership was to emerge only in later generations in diaspora communities.
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