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    The work of the Rabbis was centered on the Temple and on Jerusalem to the need of the situation outside of Jerusalem after the destruction of the Temple. The Rabbis embarked on a way of life that showed faithfulness to God and that this way of life should be lived by all Jews. In a sense that all Jews possessed priestly qualities due to the rituals that had once been carried out in the Temple were now carried out at home or in the work place. At home, the table became the altar; therefore anything that came to the table had to be Kosher or ritually accepted. When the men went to work, a special fringe on their clothing was a reminder to them of their responsibilities to God. Daily study of the Torah, the Mishnah, and the Midrash was encouraged.

    The Jewish family became the central focus, but some families would try to join with other families to form a broader community. The broader Jewish community centered on several unifying institutions such as the Synagogue, the study house, and the rabbinical court.


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