Rabbi Akiva

Rabbi Akiva ben Joseph, “Rosh la-Chachamim” (Head of all the Sages), Akiva, Akiba, עֲקִיבָא בֶּן יוֹסֵף, רַבִּי עֲקִיבָא‎

around 40 CE – 137 CE

Rabbi, martyr; Qabalist; thought Bar Kokba might be the Jewish Messiah, come to free them from Rome, nicknamed the rebel as Kochva, “the star”, rather than Kozieva, “A star has shot off Jacob” NUMBERS; Halakhah (Living the Faith) expert; God combines goodness and mercy with strict justice , “God rules the world in mercy, but according to the preponderance of good or bad in human acts; The Glory of GOD, when perceived, is the body of the Shekhinah, the Sabbath Bride;

Influences

Eliezer ben Hyrkanus; inspired by Yochanan ben Zakai; Joshua ben Hananiah; Nahum Ish Gamzu ; Hillel ; Shammai; Simon of Peraea; Jesus of Nazareth; Athronges; Menahem ben Judah;

Influenced

Simon bar Kokhba (Son of the Star); Nissim Gaon; Tarphon started as teacher, became pupil; Rabbi Meir Judah ben Ilai; Shimon bar Yochai aka The Yoshi; Jose ben Halafta; Eleazar ben Shammai; Rabbi Nehemiah; his son Simon; Philo; Moses ben Jacob Cordovero; Adolph Franck; Rev. Isidor kalisch, Dr. John Pistor; William Wynn Westcott; Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers; Prof. Charles S. Horne; A.E. Waite; Manly P. Hall; Irving Friedman (1977); Moses of Crete; Ishak ben Ya'kub Obadiah Abu 'Isa al-Isfahani ; Serene; David Alroy; Nissim ben Abraham ; Moses Botarel of Cisneros; Asher Lämmlein; David Reubeni; Solomon Molcho; Sabbatai Zevi; Barukhia Russo (AKA Osman Baba) ; Jacob Querido; Abraham Miguel Cardoso AKA “Messiah ben Ephraim”; Moses Pinheiro; Judah Leib Prossnitz AKA Messiah ben Joseph; Jacob Frank; Baron Thomas von Schoenfeld; Gershom Scholem; Menachem Mendel Schneerson; Rabbi Isaac Meyer; Louis Finkelstein, 1970; Maier Becke;

Close

Rabban Gamaliel II; Elisha ben Avuya; Eliezer ben Tzodok; Eleazar ben Azaria; Yehuda ben Betheira; Yochanan ben Nuri; Yosi Haglili; Rabbi Yishmael aka Rabbi Ishmael aka “Ba’al HaBaraita” aka Ishmael ben Elisha, author of Divine Dimensions aka Shiur Komah aka Shi’ur Qomah , 90 - 135 CE; Chanina ben Dosa; Rabbi Ben Azai; Rabbi Ben Zoma; Rabbi Aher; Rabbi Ishmael;

Critical

the Romans flayed his skin off with an iron comb before the Community as punishment for the Bar Kokba revolt, and he sang the Shama prayer as they did until he died.; “Tyrannus Rufus”, governor, under orders from Emperor Hadrian;

Groups

Spiritual leader of the Second Jewish Revolt against the Romans

Author

attributed author of the Sepher Yetzirah, the Book of Formation; Otiyot Shel Rabbi Akiba aka Otiyot; maybe the Havdalah of Rabbi Akiba, seems much later;

Quotes

“HE is like us, as it were, but greater than everything, and that is HIS Glory which is hidden from us”; “Whatever God doeth He doeth for the best”

 

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