Rabbi Simlai was a talmudic sage who lived in Israel in the 3rd century. The calculation of 613 Mitzvot is attributed to him. He was a student of Rabbi Judah II, the grandson of Judah I, the author of the Mishnah. A famous Haggadist, Simlai endeavored to induce Judah II to abrogate the prohibition against using bread prepared by pagans.
- Abrahams, Israel (1907). Judaism (pdf). London: Archibald Constable & co. ltd. p. 28.
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