11 Tamuz 5781 / Monday, June 21, 2021 | Torah Reading: Balak
 
dot  Add to favorites   dot  Set as homepage  
 
   
    Create an account    |    Sign in
  
    My Account     Orders History     Help
 
 
  My Country:  
  United States   
 
   Language:  
  English   
 
   My Currency:  
  US Dollar   
 
   
Home Page Torah Portion Spirituality and Faith Foundations of Judaism Inspirational Stories Family & Daily Life Holidays and Fast Days Israel and Society
   Shabbat     Hitbodedut (Personal Prayer)     Holiness for Men and Women     Jewish Daily Life and Halacha             
 
  More  
 
 
 
Rabbinic Leaders  
 
HomeFoundations of JudaismRabbinic LeadersRabbi Saadia Gaon
 
  Advanced Search
   Articles
 
   Search
 
            
 

Rabbi Saadia Gaon    

Rabbi Saadia Gaon



Date of Passing: 26-Iyar. Saadia Gaon sought to reconcile the perspective of Islam with the Torah. He wrote the first Arabic translation of the Bible.

 



Rabbi Saadia Gaon
 
(Al Fayyum, Egypt, 882 - Sura Babylonia, 942) Universal leader of Jewry, religious philosopher. Baylonia was the primary focus of Jewish learning for many centuries.  Saadia was the greatest Gaon who lived during the time that the Muslims ruled Asia Minor.

Saadia  sought to reconcile the philosophical perspective of Islam, to which Jews living in Islamic countries were exposed, with the Torah. His most famous book is entitled Ha'Emunot Ve'hade'ot ("Faith and Belief") and it was written originally in Arabic, later translated into Hebrew by the Ibn Tibbon family. In this book, Saadia attempts to reconcile Judaism with the philosophical thinking of Aristotle and Plato, his goal being to bring assimilated Jews back to Torah and halacha.
 
In addition, Saadia wrote the first Arabic translation of the Bible, which includes commentaries and grammatical notes. He also wrote the first Hebrew dictionary, and a book about Hebrew grammar. Muslims at this time were involved in Arabic language and grammar studies and Saadia hoped to inspire Jews to explore their own religious roots more deeply.

The RAMBAM (Maimonides) said of Saadia, "If not for our master Saadia Gaon, Torah would have been forgotten in Israel." Among his many books, Rabbi Saadia also wrote a commentary on Sefer Yetzirah.

May the merit of the tzaddik Rabbi Saadia Gaon protect us all, Amen.
 
 
Source: Daily Zohar




New Comment    New Comment
   See More Articles By Breslev Israel staff
   Read more about Rabbinic Leaders




Top of article    Top of article       Email This Article    Email This Article          Share to Facebook       Print version    Print version


 Join the distribution list Join the distribution list
 
 
  
If you would like to receive other related articles or Breslev.co.il features via e-mail, please enter your e-mail address here:

   

 Related Articles Related Articles
 
 

 
Rav Aharon Kotler               Rabbi Israel Meir HaCohen Kagan-The Chafetz Chaim               Rebbe Nachman of Breslev
 
 Rav Aharon Kotler  Rabbi Israel Meir HaCohen Kagan-The Chafetz Chaim  Rebbe Nachman of Breslev


  0 Talkbacks for this article     

Add Your CommentAdd Your Comment    Add Your Comment    

 
 
  
In Honor of:    In Memory of:
  
 
Like What You Read?
 
Help Breslev Israel spread the light of Rebbe Nachman
across the globe, and be a partner in making a better world.
 
Click here to support Breslev.co.il
  
 
 
 Products of the Day Products of the Day
 
 
 
 
Back  1 2 3  Next
 
 
 
 
  •  
     
  •  
     
  •  
     
  •  
     
 
Back  1 2 3  Next
 
 
 Most talked about Most talked about
 
 
 
 
Up  1 2 3  Down
 
 
 Most read Most read
 
 
 
 
Up  1 2 3  Down
 
 
 Facebook Facebook
 
 
 
 Mailing List Mailing List
 
 
 
Subscribe Here:   
 
   
 

 
 



  
 
 
open toolbar