The First Great Jewish Philosopher (to the Jews)

It’s not Maimonides. It’s Saadya Gaon, “the first Jewish scholar whose universal mind embraced all the branches of Jewish learning known in his time.”

An etching by Ephraim Moshe Lilien. 1915.

An etching by Ephraim Moshe Lilien. 1915.

Observation
Feb. 18 2020
About the author

David Wolpe is rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and the author of, among other books, Why be Jewish? and Why Faith Matters. He can be found on Twitter @RabbiWolpe.


This is the third in a series of occasional essays by David Wolpe on lesser-known figures in Jewish history. The first, on the biblical king Josiah, and the second, on the talmudic figure Bruriah, are available here

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