In a lecture here (@ 4:25) the speaker claims that we have responsa from Gaonim sent to Kiev, Ukraine.

My hunch is that he is (mistakenly) referring to R. Moshe of Kiev, a contemporary of Rabbeinu Tam (12th century).

Does anyone know of any such responsa from the Gaonic era?

  • Is this possibly related to the Kievian Letter? – Dr. Shmuel Nov 28 '18 at 20:49
  • Good guess, but only a minority’s opinion -AFAIK- believes that the letter was sent from Kiev. Thanks though. – Oliver Nov 28 '18 at 20:59
  • @Dr.Shmuel also the speaker refers to “תשובות” which the Kievian letter is definitely not. – Oliver Nov 28 '18 at 21:09
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    IIRC R Gershom learned in yeshivah by the end of the Gaonic period and settled in Constantinople for a while, which is close to Southern Ukraine. Jews definitely lived in Kiev back then (and even Khazar Jews as well) so why wouldn't we expect there to be letters to and from Babylon from the Diaspora including Kiev? Some hold the Kievian letter was sent to Kiev. But either way, to or from, if one side sent it, then we expect someone should have sent one back? :) – David Kenner Nov 28 '18 at 23:24
  • @DavidKenner 1. I didn’t know R. Gershom ever settled (or traveled all to) Constantinople. I’d appreciate if you can find some more info. on that. 2. There may have been Jews in Kiev at the time, but that they were learned I find more surprising and it’s something I’d like to get more info. on. Learned correspondence between Kiev and other communities is something I’d imagine I would’ve heard/read about. 3. I misspoke in my earlier comment; should say “...the letter was sent to Kiev”. – Oliver Nov 29 '18 at 0:07

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