Son of Rav Safra

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Bireyh dRav Safra
Son of Rav Safra Kever
בריה דרב ספרא
Breye, Breyh, Safra, Safrah
A Tana mentioned in the Zohar.

Rav Safra's son also known as Bireyh dRav Safra is mentioned in the Zohar, Parashas Terumah. He was born due to a blessing given to his father by Rabbi Shimon bar Yochi. Rav Safra passed away before his son was born. Eventually the son of Rav Safra made Aliyah from Bavel to Eretz Yisroel.

Son of Rav Safra

Rabbi Chiya and Rabbi Yossi were traveling to collect money for the Mitzvah of redeeming Jewish captives. When it became dark, the two entered into a hotel to rest for the night. At Chatzos the two Sages awoke to study the mysteries of the Torah as they were accustom to doing. The daughter of the innkeeper also awoke and noticing the two holy guests, she hurried and lit a candle, continuing to stand by the door and listining to their Torah study. This was noticed by the Sages and Rabbi Yossi began expounding on the verse "For a commandment is a candle, and the Torah is light"[1]. "A commandment is a candle", this is referring to the woman who is obligated to light the Shabbot candles. "And the Torah is light" this is referring to her husband who obligated to study Torah. Therefore even though a woman is not commanded to study Torah, the Torah of her husband lights her candle. Rabbi Yossi was trying to praise the woman for lighting the candle for them and to tell her that even though a woman herself does not study Torah she is reworded for allowing her husband to study Torah.


Kever Biray dRav Safra

The son of Rav Safra is buried in the industrial section of Safed right behind the generator field of the electric company. Although the location of his Kever is described in the Kitvay Ari, in recent times it was only rediscover by Yisroel Meir Gabbi and Ohali Tzadikim.


  1. ^ Mishlei 6:23
  2. ^ Zohar Teruma 166-169

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