Congratulations, you found Clue #5! Yohanan ben Zakkai led the greatest Jewish scholars to create a new form of Judaism, based on Torah study rather than worship in the Temple. His students wrote first the Mishnah and then the Talmud, the great works of Jewish law.
The water-park in the modern version of Yohanan ben Zakkai's city, Yavneh.
Municipality of the city of Yavne, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
Jewish culture flourished over the next thousand years. Jews were spread across the whole world, but they were united in their study of Torah, Hebrew, and Jewish law. In Spain, Jewish scholars practiced medicine, wrote poetry, and even launched explorations into the frontiers of civilization.
One Spanish Jewish poet, Yehudah HaLevi, learned of a kingdom in the East, where the king and the whole royal had converted to Judaism. This was the inspiration for his book, Sefer Kuzari.
- Read the summary of Sefer Kuzari on Sefaria.com. You may need to click "Read More" to view the whole introduction.
- View the first essay and click on the first paragraph to open the resource panel and locate Clue #6.