Map of the Galilee

map of GalileeDuring the exile of the Shanhedrin, a number of towns were host to the council after they left Jerusalem. This map depicts how, at the same time that God was removing His presence from the Temple, the removed itself from its offices on the Temple Mount and made its way to the Galilee, where most of the remaining Jews were to live under Roman rule, after the failure of the Bar Kokhba rebellion, approximately seventy years after the destruction of the Temple.

Most famously, Usha was where many ordinances were instituted there relating to various areas of halakha, including halakhot of ritual purity and impurity and monetary laws – the Takkanot UshaLikewise the city of Shefar’am was a center of Jewish life in the Galilee at the end of the Second Temple period while it was host to the Sanhedrin.

This image was taken from the English edition of the Koren Talmud Bavli, Tractate Shabbat, daf 15, page 71.

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