Aaron ben Joseph ha-Cohen Sargado

(fl. 9th cent.)
   Babylonian gaon and head of the academy at Pumbedita from 942 to 960. He joined the campaign against Saadyah Gaon led by the exilarch David ben Zakkai. He wrote an Arabic commentary on the Torah.

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