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But we should have expected the Gaon sending the responsum to the scholars of Rome, and not the reverse (124niV). 37 Cp. R. Hai (in Rabed's n No. 119): plX'In 13'fl1 NW b'n,3 V , t . : '' DInn3wI ntn r7* From tD"'D, No. Ill:n. came to the academy of Kairowan disciples from Italy; but the place of provenance of the question is not certain. Miller's note (No. i) is impossible, since the Gaon speaks of disciples, who came to the place of the correspondents. RESPONSA OF THE BABYLONIAN GEONIM-MANN 489 One responsum (ascribed in n'", No.
S. 13 J. 25`, paper, square hand, brownish ink, is a long part of an appeal for support of the academy. Only a few lines seem to be missing from the beginning of the letter which contains bitter complaints and reproaches about the complete indifference the outside communities show towards the school in Babylon. The fragment has a close resemThe same blance to Saadyana, nos. XLV and XLVI. them. of all of is characteristic tone Emphasis plaintive is given to the fact that the school is deteriorating owing to want from which its members are suffering.
Moreover, the context proves Or. fol. 9 to be a continuation of Bodl. fol. 80, while Bodl. fol. 8I follows Or. fol. 10. In the latter case, especially the verse of Prov. ;ni 15' I [tni] nDii: runs on from io. 6, tDn ,iD5 5i;' one page to the other; the dots above the letters are in both fragments. The letter must have been of considerable length; with beginning and end missing and the gap between fols. 60 From the continuation it is now clear that the R. Jacob, mentioned at the end of Bodl. fol.