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Ishmael ben Elisha, Rabbi

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Ishmael ben Elisha, Rabbi: (d. c. 140) Mishnaic sage, pupil of Rabbi Nechunia ben Hakaneh. As a child, he was rescued from Roman captors by Rabbi Joshua ben Gamla and brought to Judea, where he excelled in Torah learning. He is famous for his enumeration of the thirteen principles of halachah hermeneutics. He authored the Halachic Midrash, the Mechilta. He is one of the Ten Martyrs brutally killed by the Romans
Two sages of the Talmud debate whether the Jews actually saw heavenly thunder at the giving of the Torah.
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