(c. 1100 - 1171)
Rabbi Yaakov ben Meir; a grandson of RASHI;
one of the greatest of the Baalei Tosafot, He is supposed to
have said, "I could have written RASHI's commentary on the Talmud,
but not his commentary on the Bible. He had two famous Torah disagreements
with RASHI: one involving the placement of the "Mezuzah,"
the other involving the "Parshiyot" contained within the "Tefilin."
Moshe Rabbeinu himself is
supposed to have come to him in a dream and informed him that RASHI's
opinion was indeed correct. In his response, which indicated his genius
and his self-confidence, Rabbeinu Tam ("Tam" means perfect)
is said to have responded, "Moshe, our Teacher, here you have made