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In the Book of Judges 2:10 it says that after the death of Joshua and his generation, "there arose another generation after them, who knew not Hashem nor the deed which He had done for Israel." Implicit in this sentence is that there was no one around who knew Torah (certainly if the entire generation did not know Hashem or His deeds on behalf of Israel, it is kind of hard to believe that they knew or believed in either the Written or Oral Torah). G-d, soon thereafter brings on the Judges (Judges 2:16). But if the knowledge of Hashem was lost and forgotton by the previous generation, wasn't there a break in the line of tradition of the Oral Torah, even if G-d restored it through the Judges?

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I don't think your assumption is correct. That sentence doesn't necessarily imply that they didn't know Torah. – Hacham Gabriel Jan 24 '13 at 20:50
    
The Shoftim, maybe? – Ezra Hoerster Jul 7 at 3:41

Pirke Avot 1:1:

Moses received the Torah from Sinai and gave it over to Joshua. Joshua gave it over to the Elders, the Elders to the Prophets, and the Prophets gave it over to the Men of the Great Assembly.

That "a generation arose" does not have to mean every single person after Joshua. In fact, the verse you cite makes this distinction. First it says:

כָּל הַדּוֹר הַהוּא נֶאֶסְפוּ אֶל אֲבוֹתָיו

All that generation were gathered to their fathers

and then it says:

וַיָּקָם֩ דּ֨וֹר אַחֵ֜ר אַחֲרֵיהֶ֗ם אֲשֶׁ֤ר לֹא־יָֽדְעוּ֙ אֶת־יְקֹוָ֔ק וְגַם֙ אֶת־הַֽמַּעֲשֶׂ֔ה אֲשֶׁ֥ר עָשָׂ֖ה לְיִשְׂרָאֵֽל

there arose another generation after them, who knew not the Lord nor the deed which He had done for Israel

A generation arose that did not know, but it doesn't say כָּל, all.

It could be that most but not all did not know Hashem -- but you only need a few to preserve knowledge. Or, as Hacham Gabriel points out in a comment, knowing Hashem isn't strictly necessary to know or follow (most) torah.

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It could also refer to widespread ignorance, perhaps not even most of the public, but enough of the general society was breaking down because of a vacuum of leadership. – Seth J Jan 13 '15 at 22:35
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One could buttress this answer with a little parshanut. The passuk in question states that כָּל־הַדּ֣וֹר הַה֔וּא נֶאֶסְפ֖וּ אֶל־אֲבוֹתָ֑יו but that וַיָּקָם֩ דּ֨וֹר אַחֵ֜ר אַחֲרֵיהֶ֗ם אֲשֶׁ֤ר לֹא־יָֽדְעוּ֙ אֶת־יְקֹוָ֔ק וְגַם֙ אֶת־הַֽמַּעֲשֶׂ֔ה אֲשֶׁ֥ר עָשָׂ֖ה לְיִשְׂרָאֵֽל the first clause says that the whole generation died. The next, says that the next generation did not know God, but does not reference the 'whole' generation, as the first half of the passuk did. – mevaqesh Jul 7 at 2:09
    
@mevaqesh nice! Thank you; I will edit that in. – Monica Cellio Jul 7 at 2:12
    
Also keep in mind that Osniel ben Kenaz and Kalev were half-brothers, and Kalev and Yehoshua were both on the same team of spies. So not everyone died out; there were still those left who held onto the tradition. – Doniel Filreis Jul 13 at 2:48

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