Letter: BL OR 10656.1

Letter BL OR 10656.1

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Letter from Elʿazar b. Shelomo b. Yehosef Gaʾon son of Gaʾon. In Hebrew. Dating: first part of the 12th-century, based on the sender's known genealogy (see Bodl. MS heb. c 50/11 (PGPID 554) and Sassoon 526 (PGPID 914)), the mention of Yiṣḥāq b. Shemuel ha-Sefaradi, and other documents which the same Elʿazar signed, including T-S 20.62 + T-S 24.15 (PGPID 7560) (in 1124/25 CE) and PER H 23 (PGPID 7025) (in 1126 CE). In this letter he mentions some of the dignitaries of Fustat ("Ṣoʿan"), including "Rabbenu Berakhot known as al-Jaʿfarī" and "...many of the rabbis, and I will mention to you some of them: foremost is Rabbenu Yiṣḥaq ha-Rav ha-Gadol (i.e., Yiṣḥaq b. Shemuel ha-Sefaradi)... all the land of Egypt is given into his hand, and after him your slave Elʿazar ha-Kohen b. Shelomo," etc.