Bet (ha-)Midrash

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Bet (ha-)Midrash (Heb., ‘house of study’). Houses of study in Judaism go back at least to the second century BCE, when Simeon Ben Sira asked people to ‘dwell in my bet midrash’ (Ecclesiasticus 51. 47). They were the community centre where Jewish culture and learning were preserved and disseminated.