Abraham Isaac Hakohen Kook was the first Ashkenazic chief rabbi of Israel. He was born in Latvia. His father Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Hakohen Kook studied in the Volozhin Yeshiva, founded by a disciple of the Vilna Gaon, Rabbi Hayyim of Volozhin.
Bet She’arim was home to Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi who was the religious, spiritual and political leader of the Jewish people and compiler of the Mishnah (the oral laws). Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi wanted to be buried in Bet She’arim where his tomb was built during his lifetime. The story of the town encapsulates the story of Jewish settlement of the time, the story of its people, their actions, and their great faith.
Rabbi Ishmael ben Jose (רבי ישמעאל ברבי יוסי) was a Tanna of the beginning of the 3rd century, son of Jose ben Halafta. He served as a Roman official and was instrumental in suppressing the Jewish renegades during the war between Severus and Pescennius Niger.
Rachel was the daughter of the wealthy Kalba Savua. Seeing the potential in Akiva an ignorant worker of her father, she secretly married him. Her father disowned Rachel for this and they lived in complete poverty.
Rabbi Yossi Haglili was a third generation Tana and one of the Sages of Yavneh. He spent his early life in the Galilee, for a time mentoring a young Rabbi Eleazar ben Azariah.
Rabbi Yossi Kakohen was one of the five main students of Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakki, who called him the Chasid of the generation. Some sources say he is buried in Teveria along with his teacher. Other sources more accurately place his tomb in the village of Alamah.
Rabbi Yochanan (c. 180-279 CE), who studied with Rabbi Judah the Prince, sold his inherited property in order to devote himself to Torah. He was known for his exceptional good looks. The Talmud says, ‘To envision the beauty of Rabbi Yochanan, bring a new silver cup, fill it with red pomegranate seeds, put red roses along the rim, and place it between the sun and the shade. ‘The resulting effect like Rabbi Yochanan’s beauty’ (Baba Metzia 84a).