Was watching a shiur and the rabbi mentioned a Gemara that states the 7 most handsome people alive and Rabbi Yishmael Kohen Gadol was one of them. Anyone know where I can find this Gemara?
I haven't been able to find the full list in any gemara, but was able to find the list in one of the nuschaos of the midrash on the עשרה הרוגי מלכות in אוצר מדרשים, עשרה הרוגי מלכות, עשרה הרוגי מלכות נוסחא ב׳ ו
Here is the list:
- אדם הראשון
- ר׳ אבהו
- ר׳ ישמעאל בן אלישע כ״ג
Rav Kahana's beauty also appears in the discussion in both gemaros.
In בבא בתרא, the beauty of Chava and Sarah and the amora Rav are added to the mix.
The beauty of Rabbi Yochanan is discussed in בבא מציעא and the reason that he didn't make the list that included the other rabbis was that he didn't have a beard.
The beauty of Yaakov Avinu as being akin to that of Adam HaRishon is discussed many times in the Zohar and related sifrei Kabbala.