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Saadiah Gaon's Book of Beliefs and Opinions

Rabbi Sjimon den Hollander

Commentary of Rav Saadia Geon to the Pentateuch. Courtesy of the Friedberg Genizah Project.

Commentary of Rav Saadia Geon to the Pentateuch. Courtesy of the Friedberg Genizah Project.

 

Every Sunday at 8:45 am. The Book of Beliefs and Opinions (completed 933 CE) was the first systematic presentation and philosophic foundation of the dogmas of Judaism. 

 

Rabbi Sjimon den Hollander was born in the Netherlands. He received his Master’s degree in Arabic and Islamology from the University of Leiden. After subsequently earning a Bachelor’s degree in education, he taught Comparative Religion at Ichthus Teachers’ College in Rotterdam. He teaches Jewish literature at Hunter College and does research on Islam’s perception of Judaism within the literature of Quran commentaries. He recently received his semikha from Rabbi Eliyahu Ben Haim. He is also involved in an Arabic website, www.aslalYahud.org, that provides information on Judaism.

“Were it not for Rav Saadia Gaon, the Torah would have almost disappeared from Jewish people. For it was he who shed light on that which was obscure, strengthened that which had been weakened, and spread the Torah far and wide, by word of mouth and in writing.” -Maimonides

 

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