Ephraim ben Shemariah

(c. 980-1060)
   Egyptian rabbi. He was leader of the Palestinian community in Fostat (Old Cairo). Although he was engaged in commerce, he became the community's rabbi in about 1020. He corresponded with the gaon Solomon ben Judah for many years.

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