A Jewish town of the Mishna period, on the border between the Jezreel Valley and the Lower Galilee. The base of the Sanhedrin, the Jewish high court, around 200 CE, and the home of the great sage and community leader, Rabbi Judah Hanassi. Following his burial in Bet She’arim, the city became a central burial place for Jews from Israel and the Diaspora. Excavations have revealed many catacombs as well as the remains of many buildings, workshops, dwellings and a large synagogue.


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