Q-3.2: QUESTION

Review what we know are told about the time for the recitation of the evening Shema' according to the Biblical passages in Deuteronomy; and in the various passages cited from the Talmud.

Do the rulings of Rav Amram and Sa'adia add anything to what was stated in those earlier sources?

Do they differ in any way from what was stated in the Torah or Talmud?

Justify your answer.


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Q-3.3.2: QUESTION

As we have seen, Rav Hai's answer is based on the premise that the most important priority is that the Shema' be recited at its proper time.

Consider the possibility that he had given precedence to one of the other principles; such as the maintaining of communal unity or the linking of "Redemption" and "Prayer."

Compose a responsum of your own based on such an alternative possibility, explaining how your decision follows from its premises.


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