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