Idra Rabba

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The Greater Idra
Rabbi Yosef Ochayon
האדרא רבא
Other Names:
The Greater Idra
Idra, Idrah, Raba, Rabba, Rabbah, Raba
A section of the Zohar whose teachings were first revealed by Rabbi Shimon bar Yochi to his students in Kadita.

The Idra Rabba is a section of the Zohar inserted into Parshas Naso where Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai gathers nine of his students to reveal Kabbalistic mysteries he had refrained from teaching until then. During the Idra three of the Sages passed away including Rabbi Yossi ben Yackov who was then buried at this location. It is called the 'Idra Rabba' or 'Greater Gathering' to differentiate it from the 'Idra Zuta' or 'Lesser Gathering' that took place on the day Rebbe Shimon passed away. Acourding to tradition the Idra Raba took place near the village of Kadita in Northern Israel.

Members of the Idra

Members of the Idra were Rebbe Shimon bar Yochi, Rabbi Eliezer his son, Rabbi Abba, Rabbi Yehuda, Rabbi Yossi bar Yaakov, Rabbi Yitzchak, Rabbi Chezkiyah bar Rav, Rabbi Chiyya, Rabbi Yossi and Rabbi Yisa.

Rabbi Yossi bar Yaakov, Rabbi Chezkiyah bar Rav and Rabbi Yisa passed away during the Idra.

Location of the Idra

The Idra Rabba is located in Kadita, North Israel. The holy Ari would study Kabbalah with his students at this location as he sat in the place of Rebbe Shimon.

Kever Rabbi Yossi ben Yackov

Rabbi Yossi ben Yackov, one of the three Sages that passed away during the Idra was buried at the location of its revelation.

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