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Nathan of Babylon, Rabbi

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Nathan of Babylon, Rabbi: (2nd century CE) Mishnaic sage, student of Rabbi Ishmael and Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus. He left a privileged life in Babylon to study Torah in Israel, where he was eventually appointed as the head of the Sanhedrin.
Last month we talked about life in Eretz Yisroel in the days of Rabbi Akiba. We described how eager the people were to learn the Torah despite the many hardships and sacrifices they made. We also mentioned, in passing, that the scholars of the Torah suffe...
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