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Yehuday Gaon
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Yehuday ben Naḥman Gaon headed the Sura academy in Baghdad from 758 to 762. According to the Epistle (Heb. ’Iggeret) of Sherira Gaon, Yehuday was originally associated with the Pumbedita academy, but the exilarch Solomon ben Ḥisday selected him for Sura because none of its members was a suitable candidate. Yehuday’s brother Duday concurrently served as gaon in Pumbedita (761–764). Sherira states that Yehuday was blind, and this tradition was frequently repeated by French and Ashkenazi scholars.

Yehuday Gaon was regarded as a prodigious figure, as indicated by the praises…

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Roni Shweka, “Yehuday Gaon”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 07 December 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0022330>
First published online: 2010

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