Rabbi Eliezer

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Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus (c. 40–120ce), one of the five most distinguished disciples of Rabban Johanan ben Zakkai, later to become one of the leading Rabbinic figures of his day and teacher of Rabbi Akiba. The Mishnah records around 300 laws in the name of Rabbi Eliezer. The difficulty to be faced in attempting to reconstruct the life of Rabbi Eliezer is that he is, like all the other early Rabbinic figures, a hero of Jewish legend, from which it is far from easy to disentangle the facts.

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