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The Scholar Fighter: The Story of Saadia Gaon
The Scholar Fighter The Story of Saadia Gaon Author:Libby M. Klaperman Covenant Books. Stories of Jewish Men and Women to Inspire and Instruct Young People. — A book of adventure, history and suspense as Mrs. Klaperman carries us back into the exciting age of a thousand years ago. Sadie is a link with the heroes of the Talmud and the Jews of our day. Sadie ben Joseph was one of the spiritual geniuses of Jewish histo... more »ry and a towering figure of the tenth century. He was forced to leave behind his beloved wife and son in order to follow a trail stretching across ancient Egypt through Palestine and Babylonia. At the end of this road lay the Gaonite, the leadership of the Jews. With his trusted man servant, Mustafa, and his faithful companion Rabbi Abraham, Saadia beats off an Arab ambush, solves the mystery of a plague that threatens to destroy a Syrian city, and pits his courage against a power-hungry David ben Zaikai, Prince of Exile.
During this time, too, he becomes the architect of Jewish unity. A profound scholar whose mind encompassed all of Jewish learning, stadia composed the first Hebrew Dictionary, the first major work on Jewish philosophy, and carried on an encyclopedic correspondence on Jewish law and faith with scholars all over the world. His magnetic, indomitable personality, his boundless devotion to his people, his warm and loving character, his bold heroism and personal bravery, his love for the Torah and the traditions of Israel, all join in the person of Saadia to make him the outstanding Jewish figure of his day.« less