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Rami ben Ḥama
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Hebrew Name(s): רמי בר חמא; רמי בן חמא
Other Names: Rami, Rami bar Ḥama
Period: Amoraim — 3rd Century
Location: Babylonia
Dates: 3rd Century

Biography:
A Babylonian Amora of the Third Generation Rami ben Ḥama was a pupil of R. Ḥisda, and a fellow student of Raba, who was somewhat his junior (B.B. 12b; Suk. 29a). He frequently addressed questions to R. Ḥisda (Ket. 86b; Yoma 58a; Pes. 27b; 'Er. 8b, 73a). He was also associated with R. Naḥman, whom he often refuted ('Er. 34b; B.M. 65a; Ḥul. 35a). Rami married the daughter of his teacher Ḥisda and when he died, at an early age, his colleague Raba married his widow. Raba declared that  Rami ben Ḥama's premature death was a punishment for having affronted Manasseh b. Taḥlifa, a student of the Law, by treating him as an ignoramus (Ber. 47b).
 
Rami b. Ḥama showed great mental acuteness, which Raba asserted led him to reach his conclusions too hastily because he attempted to decide questions independently, and would not always search for a mishnah or baraita to support an opinion. His pupil Isaac b. Judah left him, therefore, to study under R. Sheshet, saying that although a decision might apparently be based on correct reasoning, it must be ignored if a mishnah or a baraita could be found that contradicted it; but a decision rendered in agreement with a mishnah or a baraita does not become invalid, even where another mishnah or baraita can be cited in opposition to it (Zeb. 96b).
 
Rami b. Ḥama's daughter married R. Ashi (Beẓah 29b).

 

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