Why Yohanan Ben Zakkai Was Important

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  •     First Reason              
  • Yohanan Ben Zakkai is believed to have been responsible for a bunch of new enactments like "Thou cannot commit adultery". According to the text "He is said to have been responsible for a number of new enactments and to have abolished the ordeal of the wife suspected of adultery" Based on the evidence this means that Yohanan is said to have been a law enactor for the Torah. To summarize, a reason Yohana is important is that he helped develop the laws in the Torah.
  • Second Reason
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  • After the Temple built by David (Second King of Israel and Judah) was destroyed by the Romans, Yohanan Ben Zakkai helped keep Judaism alive. According to the text "Ben Zakkai was responsible for a number of practical measures that were needed in order to keep Judaism alive following the destruction of the Temple." Based on the evidence this means that Yohanan kept Judaism alive after the destruction of the Temple. To summarize, Yohanan helped keep Judaism alive after the fallen Temple, Yohana was a big aspect to keeping Judaism alive.
  • Final Reason
  • Yohanan Ben Zakkai founded an academy which taught about Judaism after the destruction of the Temple. According to the text "Johanan ben Zakkai, (flourished 1st century AD), Palestinian Jewish sage, founder of an academy and an authoritative rabbinic body at Jamnia, who had a decisive influence on the continuance and development of traditional Judaism after the destruction of the Temple" Based on the evidence this means that Yohanan founded an academy which taught Judaism and it also helped keep it alive. To summarize, Judaism had a possibility of dying out but with the help of Yohanan he kept it from dying out.
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