Shammai

Shammai HaZaken – “the Elder” – one of the great early Tannaim. He is best known as the colleague of Hillel, with whom he frequently disagreed in matters of Torah. He was the founder of “Beit Shammai” – the Academy of Shammai – the students of which continued their teacher’s great rivalry with the students of Beit Hillel.

Read more in the Jewish Encyclopedia.

Synonyms:
Shammai HaZaken,Beit Shamai,Beit Shammai
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