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Philosopher, Outsider, Rabbi: The Many Lives of Baghdad’s Saadia Gaon

Hosted By: My Jewish Learning

Saadia Gaon, (b. 892, d. 942), made the unlikely rise from Egyptian scholar to head the of the Babylonian Jewish Academy in Baghdad. In this class with Eliyahu Freedman, we will study Saadia Gaon’s contributions to Judaism as a philosopher, leader and activist. We will also explore the disagreements between Saadia Gaon and his chief rivals in the medieval Judeo-Arabic environment: the Karaites.

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Leonard Bernstein: Jewish America’s Favorite (Musical) Son

A celebrated American composer, conductor, teacher, and pianist who infused his work with his Jewish heritage

Chanting the Book of Eicha

The biblical Book of Lamentations is chanted in a unique style, with each verse beginning in a major mode and ending in its relative minor mode.

Sports Is Like Hollywood: They’re Both Jewish!

In  Operation Shylock , Philip Roth wrote a passage that, had he not written it, we would have needed to ...