Name: Simon ben Yochai
Born: 100
Died: 160
Lived In: Eretz Israel and Babylonia
Major Work: Mechilta
Biography: A brilliant Tanna of the 2nd century, he was born in the Galilee, was a student of Akiva, and fled to Babylonia after the master's death at the hands of the Romans. He is author of the Mechilta, a Midrashic commentary on the Book of Exodus.