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(Heb. הבָישִׁיְ), literally “sitting”; in the talmudic period it referred to the academies, in the Land of Israel and Babylonia, in which men studied rabbinic law. A rabbinic court was an integral part of the academies, each of which was led by a prominent scholar. In the course of the talmudic period and throughout almost all the geonic period (mid-6th cent. to mid-11th cent.; Gaon) the academies in the Babylonia communities of Sura and Pumbedita were considered authoritative, and …

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Fram, Edward, “Yeshivah”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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