Eleazar b. Simeon

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For the Zealot leader during the First Jewish-Roman War with a similar name, see Eleazar ben Simon.

Eleazar b. Simeon (or Eleazar ben Simeon or R. Eleazar son of R. Simeon; Hebrew: אלעזר ברבי שמעון‎‎, lit. Eleazar beRabbi[son of Rabbi] Shimon, or רבי אלעזר בן שמעון , lit. Rabbi Eleazar ben [son of] Shimon) was a Jewish Tanna sage of the fifth generation, contemporary of R. Judah haNasi. He is also the son of R. Shimon bar Yochai. During his youth he was wanted by the Roman government, but later on worked on behalf of the Roman government as a security and public order commissioner.[1][2][3] There are various legendary stories concerning his unusual physical size. Towards the end of his life he chose to be tormented by pain. The traditional stories concerning his death are shrouded in various legends.

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  1. ^ Dov Aryeh B. Leib Friedman (1896). Rabbis of Ancient Times: Biographical Sketches of the Talmudic Period (300 B.C.E. to 500 C.E.). Supplemented with Maxims and Proverbs of the Talmud. Rochester Volksblatt. pp. 19–20. 
  2. ^ Benjamin De Tudèle (1841). The Itinerary of Rabbi Benjamin of Tudela. A. Asher. p. 427. 
  3. ^ Heinrich Graetz (1873). History of the Jews from the Downfall of the Jewish State to the Conclusion of the Talmud. American Jewish Publication Society. pp. 167–168.