AS WE HAVE WRITTEN ABOVE, Rav Huna, son of Rav Joshua, was a friend of Rav Papa. They were in business together and they were so friendly that they were never apart whether at home or on a journey. When they were young they both studied under Abayei and Rava, and when Rava was still alive they both conducted a school in Nares, where they were both judges. Even though Rav Huna is always mentioned with his father’s name and his father is given the title of Rav, we do not know who and what Rav Huna’s father was.
It is related that when Rav Papa and Rav Huna, the son of Rav Joshua, once went somewhere with Abayei, Rav Papa walked on his right side and Rav Huna walked on his left side. Suddenly there sprang up a violent wind from the left side and Abayei commanded Rav Papa to walk on his left side and Rav Huna on the right.1)פּסחים קי״א ב׳.
As we have said, Rav Nachman bar Isaac was the head of the academy in Nares and his friend, Rav Huna, the son of Rav Joshua, became the ״ראש כלה״ (chief of the lectures); but even though Rav Papa was the head of the academy and Rav Huna only held the title “Rosh Kalah”, they were both equal in their dignity. They also made all decisions on religious and social affairs conjointly, because what one of them said the other always agreed to. It seems that Rav Huna did not have any students of his own. All the students in the academy of Nares were considered the students of Rav Papa. Whenever they quoted a saying, it was quoted in Rav Papa’s name and yet nowhere is there any evidence that Rav Huna, the son of Rav Joshua, was jealous about this. Only one student named Rav Jacob from N’har P’kud once quoted a law in the name of Rav Huna, the son of Rav Joshua.2)סנהדרין ס״ט א׳.
As dependent as they were on each other, their friendship nevertheless was without sentimentality. It is related that once when Rav Huna was sick, Rav Papa came to see him and thought that he was near to death. Without a sign of grief he ordered them to prepare shrouds. And then later when Rav Huna got better, confounding their expectations, Rav Papa did not show the least sign of pleasure that his friend had remained alive, but he simply wanted to know what Rav Huna had heard and seen when he lay so near death.3)ראש השנה י״ז א׳.
It is clear from Rav Huna’s Talmudical sayings that he was an expert in medicine.4)עבודה זרה י״ב ב׳. Of his remarks only this has remained: “May I be aided by the fact that I never went four paces with a bare head.”5)שבת קי״ח ב׳.