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Cairo Genizah : Letter

Josiah b. Aaron (Gaʾon)

Cairo Genizah

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Part of a letter, c. 1015 CE, written by Josiah ‘Head of the Yešiva of the Pride of Jacob’ (i.e. Josiah b. Aaron), to the Jewish community in the ‘Isle of Kaftor’, which is the city Damietta, specifically to ʿAmram (Av) Bet Din ha-Mumḥe, Elʿazar the judge, ʿAmram the cantor, Yešuʿa, and the rest of the elders, i.e. the leaders of the Jewish community in Damietta, seeking financial help for the Jewish communities in the Land of Israel, which are suffering due to persecution from the authorities under al-Ḥakīm, who have cut off financial support and are imposing fines upon them. The Damietta community has sent such support in the past, under previous Geʾonim, hence the present request. </p>

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