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  • Gaon

    Gaon

    גאון – pl. גאונים – Geonim – the formal title of the head of one of the yeshivot (academies) of Bavel (Babylon, or present-day Iraq). See also Geonim.

  • Geonim

    Geonim

    גאונים – sing. גאון (Gaon) – the formal title of the head of one of the yeshivot (academies) of Bavel (Babylon, or present-day Iraq), which was also known as Rosh Yeshiva (Gaon Yaakov) or Reish Metivta. The office itself is referred to as the gaonate and stood in contrast to the Reish Galuta, “Head of […]

  • Who was the Shimusha Rabba?

    Who was the Shimusha Rabba?

    When the Shimusha Rabba is mentioned, it’s usually in connection to a rare, alternative form of tefillin. Lesser known is the source for this method, a short halakhic work on tefillin from the period of the Geonim, possibly from the earlier part of the period to which relatively few sources attest. The gaonic-era author is […]