Rabbi Yannai

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Rabbi Yannai was a first generation Eretz Yisroel Amora. He was a student of Rebbe Yehuda Hanasi and Rebbe Chiya. Rabbi Yannai was a cohen. He is buried in Achbara.

[edit] Student of Rebbe

Rabbi Yannai was student of Rebbe Yehuda Hanasi. When his his teacher passed away, Rabbi Yani announced that the laws of priesthood preventing Kohanim from coming in contact with the dead did not apply that day and despite being a kohen himself, took part in the funeral.

[edit] Potion of Life

Once a peddler traveled from town to town denouncing he was selling the 'potion of life'. When Rabbi Yanni asked to purchase the potion, the peddler replied that it was not necessary for men of his statue. Rabbi Yanni insisted and the peddler pulled out a book of Tehilim opening to the verses of "Who is the man who wants life, who loves days of seeing good? Guard your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from speaking deceit." Rebbe Yannai responded, "All my life I read this pasuk and I did not realize how simple its meaning was until this peddler came along and taught me who the man is who desires life!"

[edit] Kever Rabbi Yannai

Rabbi Yannai is buried in the Arab occupied village of Achbara in Northern Israel.

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