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Rabbi Akiva’s children

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Rabbi Elchanan Lewis

Tammuz 15, 5768
Question
What became of Rabbi Akiva’s children?
Answer
In tractate Moed Katan 21b it mentions that his sons died during his life time; One of which was Rabbi Shimon [Yalkut Shimoni Shmot 18:171]. In several places the Talmud brings Rabbi Yehoshua son of Rabbi Akiva [Shvuot 6a]. There are opinions [Seder Hadorot] that Rabbi Yehoshua ben Korcha is that very same son however the Tosfot [Shabbat 150a] prove this wrong.
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