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Hai ben Sherira

Hai ben Sherira (939–1038). Jewish gaon of Pumbedita, hence also known as Hai Gaon. Hai succeeded his father as gaon and was regarded as a supreme halakhic authority. Besides responsa, he also wrote mystical piyyutim, including five seliḥot for 9 Av, marked by a somewhat gloomy assessment of our present condition. He had considerable influence on the leaders of Spanish Jewry such as Samuel ha-Nagid.

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