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Rava  (fl. fourth century)

Babylonian amora. Born in Mahoza, he created an academy there when Abbaye became head of the academy at Pumbedita. After Abbaye's death, Rava succeeded him at Pumbedita, which he amalgamated with Mahoza. His controversies with Abbaye were famous: with six exceptions, the ordinances of halakhah were decided in accordance with his views.


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Reprinted with permission from A Concise Encyclopedia of Judaism,
by Dan Cohn-Sherbok
.© Oneworld Publications.