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Anshei Knesset HaGedola (ahn-shay kneh-seht hag-doh-lah) — lit., Men of the Great Assembly, aka Sanhedrin, headed initially by Ezra the Scribe. Operating during the Second Temple period, this group of sages decided legal matters, wrote the amida prayer, and created extra rules (fences) to protect mitzva observance

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