Aḥai of Shabḥa

רב אחאי משַבָּחָא – Aḥai (or Aḥa) of Shabḥa, also called the Achai Gaon. 8th century talmudist in Palestine. His most influential work, his Sheiltot, is a homiletic series on halakha and aggada, which became sensationally popular among those studying Jewish law at the time. The Sheiltot‘s influence echoed down even as far as Rashi, who freely credits it in his musings, and is even cited in the Aruk.

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