Rav Meir's Legacy (Nazir 49)


While it was Rav Yehuda Hanassi who edited the Mishna it is the teachings of Rav Meir, who lived in the generation prior, that form the basis of much of the Mishna; stam Mishna k'Rav Meir, an anonymous Mishna follows the opinion of Rav Meir (Sanhedrin 88a). Meir means light and it was Rav Meir means who "enlightened the eyes of the sages in [their understanding] of halacha" (Eiruvin 13b). Yet despite his undisputed greatness there is much ambivalence regarding his legacy. And that ambivalence begins with his greatness.

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