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The Jewish French Connection

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  • Claude Miller (1942 - 2012)
    "'Claude Miller"' French film director, producer and screenwriter. A hommage from the director and scriptwriter Bernard Stora Claude, A friendship is interesting. Can we say how it starts? Can we s...
  • Levi ben Gerson, Gersonides / רלב"ג (1288 - 1344)
    רלב"ג רבי לוי בן גרשון (בר"ת: רלב"]...
  • Yehudai 'Habibai' ben Natronai, Exilarch of Pumbeditha & Carcassonne (c.683 - c.770)
    Yehudai left Pumbeditha during a contentious period and sought to enjoy his last days in the comforts of a burgeoning community in Southern France - Carcassonne. Yehudai was elected leader of the Jew...
  • Natronai Ibn Habibai, Exilarch of Pumbeditha & Almeria (c.699 - c.773)
    Naṭronay bar Ḥabibai, whose patronymic is also recorded as Zabinai/Zavinay in some texts of the Epistle (Heb. Iggeret) of Sherira Gaon, was Exilarch in Babylonia from 771 to 773. He was n...
  • "Isaac the Jew", Charlemagne's Diplomat (c.749 - c.836)
    In as far back as 797 AD, Charlemagne, the founder of the Carolingian empire who was later crowned Holy Roman Emperor, sent a man named Isaac the Jew to the Baghdad caliph Harun al-Rashid. In 802, Isaa...

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