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What happened was that R. Azaryah de Rossi was in the right place at the wrong time. He openly scrutinized non-halakhic parts of Chazal, such as historical components. This is totally consistent with the general attitude of all known Geonim including R. Sa’adya Gaon, Rav Sherira Gaon, Rav Shmuel bar Chofni Gaon, and Rav Hai Gaon, who do not look at ...


Rav Saadiah Gaon used to study parts of the Koran: Prof. Meir Bar Asher gave a lecture regarding Saadia Gaon and the Quran at the Bernard Revel Graduate School. An article about that lecture can be found here. Below is a summary of the lecture: Saadia’s endeavor to harmonize the Hebrew Bible with reason is not unlike similar Muslim attempts—through ...


The Trail To Tranquility by Rabbi Brody is my favorite: here it is on amazon


Igeres Haramban read and studied once a week has helped me for many years.

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