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Assi II
Hebrew Name(s): רבי אסי
Other Names: Assi, Rabbi Assi, Assa, Issi, Jesa, Josah, Jose, Assi (Jose) ben Nathan
Period: Amoraim — 3rd Century
Location: Palestine
Dates: 3rd–4th Century

Assi II was a Third Generation Palestinian Amora in the 3rd-4th Centuries. His is often associated with Rabbi Ammi and the two together were known to their Babylonian contempories as "the Palestinian judges" and "the distinguished priests of Palestine" (Git. 59b; Sanh. 17b). Assi was born in Babylonia and studied in the school of Samuel of Nehardea before emigrating to Palestine. He became a disciple of R. Johanan and was named "prodigy of the age" by R. Eleazer (BT. Hulin 103b).
Rabbi Assi II was a Talmudist and is frequently quoted in the Talmud and Midrashim. It is recorded that when R. Assi died, R. Hiyya ben Abba, his associate and teacher, went into mourning as though for a relative (PT. Berachot. Iii. 6a).


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