(3rd cent. CE). Abba b. Arikha (i.e. ‘the tall’). Jewish Babylonian amora. Rav was the founder of the academy
. He was called Rav (see RABBI
) because he was ‘the rav of the entire diaspora
9a). Ordained by Judah ha-Nasi
in Erez Israel
, he was so respected that his independent authority was universally accepted. He defined ‘the true Jew’ as one who has compassion on all people, since those lacking in mercy have not inherited the compassion of Abraham
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