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Shimon bar Yochai (Zoharic Aramaic: שמעון בר יוחאי, Shim'on bar Yoḥai) or Shimon ben Yochai (Mishnaic Hebrew: שמעון בן יוחאי, Shim'on ben Yoḥai), also known by the acronym Rashbi, was a 2nd-century tannaitic sage in ancient Judea, said to be active after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE. He was one of the most eminent disciples of Rabbi Akiva. The Zohar, a 13th century foundational work of Kabbalah, is ascribed to him, but this claim is universally rejected by scholars. In addition, the important legal works called Sifre and Mekhilta are attributed to him (not to be confused with the Mekhilta of Rabbi Ishmael, of which much of the text is the same). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Shimon bar Yochai has received more than 260,170 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). Shimon bar Yochai is the 3,844th most popular politician (down from 3,486th in 2019), the 114th most popular biography from Israel and the 44th most popular Politician.

Shimon bar yochai is most famous for being a rabbi who was alive during the time of the Roman Empire. He is also known for being the author of the Zohar, a book of Jewish mysticism.

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Among politicians, Shimon bar Yochai ranks 3,844 out of 15,577Before him are Constance of Antioch, Edvard Kardelj, Anitta, Kaarlo Juho Ståhlberg, King Cheng of Zhou, and Pepin the Hunchback. After him are Gülbahar Hatun, Nouri al-Maliki, Giovanni Giolitti, Sigismund Kęstutaitis, Abdullah ibn Muhammad al-Umawi, and Haman.

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Among people born in 1, Shimon bar Yochai ranks 13Before him are Pope Anacletus, Barabbas, Thomas Bangalter, Silas, Onesimus, and Vologases I of Parthia. After him are Locusta, Joanna, wife of Chuza, Sextus Afranius Burrus, Nicanor the Deacon, Caesarius of Africa, and Aulus Cornelius Palma Frontonianus. Among people deceased in 160, Shimon bar Yochai ranks 2Before him is Marcion of Sinope. After him are Marcus Cornelius Fronto, Valentinus, and Quintus Lollius Urbicus.

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Among people born in Israel, Shimon bar Yochai ranks 114 out of 430Before him are Ofra Haza (1957), Aaron Ciechanover (1947), George Habash (1926), Nahum (-600), Simeon of Jerusalem (100), and Yitzhak Navon (1921). After him are Leila Khaled (1944), Yuval Noah Harari (1976), Judah ha-Nasi (135), Al-Maqdisi (945), Barak (null), and David Grossman (1954).


Among politicians born in Israel, Shimon bar Yochai ranks 44Before him are Unas (-2400), Ezer Weizman (1924), Philip the Tetrarch (-4), Isaac Herzog (1960), Nahum (-600), and Yitzhak Navon (1921). After him are Judah ha-Nasi (135), Al-Maqdisi (945), Barak (null), Antigonus II Mattathias (-100), Maria of Montferrat (1192), and Tzipi Livni (1958).