Rav Mesharshiya

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Rav Mesharshiya [1][2] (or R. Mesharshya,[3] or Rav Mesharsheya,[4] or Rav Mesharshia; Hebrew: רב משרשיא) was a fifth generation Amora sage of Babylon. His Teacher par excellence [5] was Rava, and they are mentioned together dozens of times in the Talmud. It is possible he was also a pupil of Abaye.[6] He was a close colleague of Rav Papa, who was also a pupil of Rava, and he even sent his son to study under Rav Papa.[7] R. Joseph the son of R. Ila'i was also among his colleagues.[8] His father-in-law is reminded on his name as R. Kahana the father-in-law of R. Mesharshya.[9] Three of his sons were Amora sages, and studied at Rav Ashi's Beth midrash. Their name: Raba,[10] R. Sama,[11] and R. Isaac who was an honorable and dignified man.[12] The Talmud states that Rav Mesharshiya himself encouraged them to learn in this Beth midrash.[13]


  1. ^ Rav Mesharshiya | רב משרשיא, sages of the talmud | חכמי התלמוד
  2. ^ On his son: TANNAIM AND AMORAIM, jewishencyclopedia.com; List (Rabbah b. Mesharshiya)
  3. ^ Tractate Bava Batra, 97b [1]
  4. ^ On his son: Raba b. Mesharsheya : Tractate Nazir, 40b [2]
  5. ^ Or his distinguished teacher; That is, a Rabbi whom he has acquired most of his scholarly knowledge;(i.e: B. Talmud, Kiddushin, 33a; halakhah.com)
  6. ^ In the Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Kiddushin, 33a, Abaye says to him : ‘Am I not your teacher par excellence!?’, though it is possible he said so because he was Gedol haDor (Aaron Hyman)
  7. ^ Babylonian Talmud, Tractate ‘Erubin, 48a
  8. ^ Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Sukkah, 26a
  9. ^ Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Bava Batra, 97b
  10. ^ Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Nazir, 40b
  11. ^ Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Hullin, 17b
  12. ^ R. Judah ben Kalonymus, Yihusei Tannaim ve-Amoraim, based on the Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Avodah Zarah, 8b
  13. ^ Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Horayot, 12a