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  •  It's crystal clear in the Talmud (1+ / 0-)
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    quarkstomper

    That every synagogue had at least one Torah scroll, which, barring holidays, was removed from the ark, opened and read from 4 days a week, Shabbat morning and afternoon and on the morning of the two market days, Monday and Thursday.  Reading Tractate Barakchot, you see the rules and procedures of the synagogue service being established, including the Torah readings - so that likely if those of us familiar with the traditional synagogue service of today could time travel back to Babylon circa 300 CE, assuming Hebrew pronunciation has not radically changed (a dangerous assumption) we could follow and even participate in the services.  But, as you state, no Torah scroll from that period has survived.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 07:21:47 PM PDT

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