Cairo Genizah : Letter

Ṭoviyya b. Daniel, Solomon b. Judah (Gaʾon)

Cairo Genizah

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Recto: part of a letter, written by Ṭoviyya b. Daniel (as far as the first few words of line 31) and by the Gaʾon Solomon b. Judah (from the remainder of line 31, as well as line 30 that was inserted between lines 29 and 31 in minute script), on behalf of the academy, in Ramla, regarding the imprisonment and subsequent release of ‘our Ḥaver who had been ordained in our academy’, (probably Ephraim b. Šemarya: 11th century). The Ḥaver and some colleagues had been falsely charged, apparently by rivals within the Jerusalemite Rabbanite congregation in Fusṭāṭ, but the intervention of the Tustarī brothers, Sahl, Saʿadya, and Joseph, sons of Israel, and Abū Naṣr David ha-Levi b. Isaac, caused the governor to investigate and dismiss the charges. The Gaʾon led prayers of thanksgiving in Ramla, mentioning both the Caliph and his governor, and has arranged for the same to be done in Jerusalem. He urges the leaders of the Rabbanite community in Fusṭāṭ to strive for peace. Verso: unrelated text in Arabic. </p>


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