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Cairo Genizah : Letter; prayer

Josiah b. Aaron (Gaʾon)

Cairo Genizah

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter, in Judaeo-Arabic with an opening in Hebrew, ca. 1020 CE, from Josiah Gaʾon to Solomon b. Saʿadya and the community of Rafaḥ (Rafiaḥ, Gaza) concerning a dispute over an inheritance that drove the losing party to appeal to the Muslim court. The principal parties are Mūsā and Ibrahīm, the sons of Manṣūr; ʿAyša daughter of Joseph b. Ṣudayq; and ʿImrān b. Fuḍayl. Salāma b. Saʿīd and Ḵalaf b. Mukarram are also mentioned. Josiah’s name and title appear twice at the top of the letter, this line having subsequently been copied by someone, probably as writing practice. Verso contains the draft of a letter of recommendation, in Hebrew, by Elijah ha-Kohen b. Solomon Gaʾon, on behalf of the scribe of the Yešiva, Samuel b. Ṣemaḥ the cantor, known as ‘Ben Lāḏiqī’ (בן לאדקי, i.e., from al-Lādhiqīyah, Latakia, in Syria). </p>

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