The ancient beit midrash was filled with intrigue! Rabban Gamliel and Rabbi Yehoshua had multiple disagreements about Jewish law, which were not just academic, but also direct challenges to Rabban Gamliel's rule as head of the Sanhedrin. Rabbi Akiva often was the swing, deciding voice between them. Rabban Gamliel's lasting place in the lineage of rabbinic authority was only assured, or perhaps one might better say, asserted, by his grandson as the Mishnah was redacted. Learn about power, fake news, and politics in the early rabbinic period.
Track: Pshat Drash