He was born in either Lod or Babylonia. He later moved to the Galilee, where he served as an aide to Rabbi Yannai. He then studied under Rabbi Judah II, the grandson of Judah haNasi. He attempted in vain to induce Judah II to abrogate the prohibition against using bread prepared by pagans. Late in life he moved to Babylonia.
- Pesachim 62b
- Pesachim 5:3
- Bava Batra 111a
- Avodah Zarah 37a
- Avodah Zarah 36; Yerushalmi Shabbat 1:4
- Abrahams, Israel (1907). Judaism (pdf). London: Archibald Constable & co. ltd. p. 28.
- [[Genesis Rabbah 8:9; Yerushalmi Brachot 9:1
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