Cairo Genizah : Letter

Joseph ha-Kohen (b. Solomon), Ephraim 'the Ḥaver in the Great Sanhedrin' b. Šemariah

Cairo Genizah

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Recto: part of a letter (c. 1031 CE), from the two congregations of No-Amon (Alexandria), led by the Judge Joseph ha-Kohen (b. Solomon), to the Jerusalemite congregation in Fustāt, led by Ephraim 'the <em>Ḥaver</em> in the Great Sanhedrin' b. Šemariah, requesting urgent financial assistance for the ransoming of Byzantine Jews taken captive by pirates. The letter mentions the visit of the Gaʾon's son, Abraham b. Solomon, and refers to Barqa (Cyrenaica, on the Libyan coast), Judah the teacher b. Isaac, and Judah b. Ḥayyān. Verso contains the address, written in rhymed prose and closing with an <em>'alāma</em>, ברית שלום. </p>


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