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Isaac ben Meir (c. 1090 – c. 1130), also known as the Rivam after his Hebrew acronym, was a French rabbi and one of the Baalei Tosafos.


He was born in the French country village of Ramerupt, in the Aube département of northern France to Meir ben Shmuel and Yocheved, the daughter of Rashi. He was the grandson of Rashi, and brother of the Rashbam and the Rabbeinu Tam. He died before his father, leaving four children.[1]

Although he died young, the Rivam contributed to Tosafot, mentioned by Eliezer ben Joel HaLevi,[2] to several tractates of the Talmud. He is often quoted in the edited Tosafot.[3]


  1. ^ Jacob Tam, Sefer haYashar, No. 616, p. 72b, Vienna, 1811.
  2. ^ Avi haEzri, §417
  3. ^ Shabbat 138a; Ketuvot 29b et passim

Further reading[edit]

  • The Rishonim, published by Artscroll, ISBN 0-89906-452-3 (contains short biographies of the Rishonim including the Rivam)