Irrational Rishonim

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  1. Rabbi Taku was really a Tosafist? With his father’s name Chisdai? Where does he appear in the Halachic literature? I think the academics found an outlier and pumped up his stature.

    • micha says:

      The Raavad identified someone we would call an outlier and considered him holier than the Rambam.

      Kesav Tamim exists, and was written by someone whose work would at least partly survive nearly a millennium.

      All academics did was suggest that there was only one outlier, not two. And if they are correct, there is no one as far out as the Raavad is usually taken as suggesting. Academia in this case actually reduces the novelty, not the usual digging some up where there isn’t any.

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