Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza (Jewish Encounters Series)

Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza (Jewish Encounters Series)

Adina Hoffman


NATIONAL JEWISH ebook AWARD FINALIST

WINNER OF THE 2012 AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION’S SOPHIE BRODY AWARD FOR awesome fulfillment IN JEWISH LITERATURE

Sacred Trash tells the notable tale of the Cairo Geniza—a synagogue repository for tired texts that grew to become out to comprise the main very important cache of Jewish manuscripts ever chanced on.

This story of buried communal treasure weaves jointly unforgettable pix of Solomon Schechter and the opposite smooth heroes liable for the collection’s rescue with explorations of the medieval records themselves—letters and poems, wills and marriage contracts, Bibles, funds orders, fiery dissenting non secular tracts, fashion-conscious trousseaux lists, prescriptions, petitions, and mysterious magical charms. proposing a pan­oramic view of virtually 1000 years of bright Mediterranean Judaism, Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole convey modern readers into the center of this little-known trove, whose contents have rightly been dubbed “the dwelling Sea Scrolls.” half biography, half meditation at the superb worth the Jewish humans has lengthy positioned within the written be aware, Sacred Trash is peculiarly a gripping story of experience and redemption. 

(With black-and-white illustrations throughout.) 

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