Questions tagged [rabbi-shimon-bar-yochai]

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What does it mean that we refer to Rav Shimon Bar Yochai as “Elokai”? [duplicate]

The popular song that's sung on Lag B'Omer goes "L'kavod Ha'Tanna Elokai." What does it mean that we refer to Rashbi as elokai? Does he possess divinity?
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Was R. Shimon Bar Yochai not part of “R. Shimon Bar Yochai and his companions”?

The Talmud in Shabbat 11a states that those like R. Shimon Bar Yochai whose occupation is Torah study are exempt from prayer: דתניא חברים שהיו עוסקין בתורה מפסיקין לק"ש ואין מפסיקין לתפלה א"ר יוחנן ...
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Implication for Lag Ba'Omer if Shimon bar Yochai wasn't the author of the Zohar

There are a number of posts relating to the questionable authorship of the Zohar ('traditionally' attributed to Shimon bar Yochai, see this wiki for examples, and references at the end). Some say that ...
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Rashbi and Talking in Shul

In this video, Rav Gamliel Rabinovitch shlita says that Rasbhi writes that one who speaks during davening is a kofer b'elokei yisrael. On this, I have two questions. 1) Where is this source from ...
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Moshe Rabbainu & Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai

Does anybody know the source of the story where Moshe Rabbainu was in shomayim to receive the Torah, but the Malachim didn't want the soul of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai to descend to give the hidden ...
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How and why celebrate Purim according to Rabi shimon bar Yochai?

In the famous give and take discussing the miracle of Purim found in Maseches Megilah 12a, quoted below with Sefaria's translation, Rabi Shimon bar Yochai tells his studets that the danger the Jews ...
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Rabbi Shimon, Ben or Bar Yochai? [duplicate]

Every time I've read the name of Rabbi Shimon the son of Yochai in the Gemara, it says Rabbi Shimon BEN Yochai. But, whenever I hear someone talking about him, they say BAR Yochai. Why is that?
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Was Rashbi a member of Beth Shammai or Beth Hillel?

Do you know if Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai was a follower of Hillel or Shammai? There are partial lists of followers of each of them here, but he's not on either of them. Was he a follower of one of them,...
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Source for gemarah about Rav Shimon bar Yochai's grandson?

I heard a class where the teacher mentioned a gemarah that says the grandson of Rav Shimon bar Yochai was involved with prostitutes. To save him they had his uncle mentor him, they forced him to move ...
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Pinchas Ben Yair, Father-in-law or son-in-law of Rebbi Shimon?

Does anyone have any understanding how to settle this ? "We have R' Pinchas ben Yair, son-in-law of Rashbi, as mentioned in Gemoro shabbos (:ג"ל) appearing in the Zohar countless times as - his ...
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Why does the authorship of the Zohar matter?

I've seen and heard a lot of controversy about the authorship of the Zohar, but it isn't quite clear to me that it matters. The nearest theory I can come up with is that if the Zohar is by Rashbi, ...
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How could Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai eat from the carob tree?

The gemarah (Shabbat 33b) states that when Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and his son Rav Elazar were hiding in a cave a carob tree miraculously sprouted from which they ate. How could they eat from this ...
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Did Rashbi Write the Zohar?

In my experience, many religious Jews think that Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai wrote the book we have today called the Zohar. The Zohar is a Jewish work of mysticism that was published in the 13th century. ...
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Why read about Rashb"i's death at a memorial ceremony?

Why do many people read the passage (known as אדרא זוטא) from Zohar about the death of Rabbi Shim'on ben Yochai at memorial ceremonies? A description of it can be found here.