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Millennium old Jewish manuscripts from Afghanistan donated to Israel


The rare findings from an ancient Afghan Jewish community, and written in Persian, Arabic, Aramaic, and Judeo-Persian, was donated to the Israeli National Library and will soon be digitized, making it available to the international community of scholars and the general public.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


The National Library of Israel in Jerusalem has acquired a one of a kind collection of manuscripts which will revolutionize our understanding about the history and culture of the legendary Silk Road’s ancient Jewish community. The new collection, comprised of approximately 250 pages dating to the early 11th century, constitutes the largest body of original materials from the region prior to the modern era. Continue Reading »

Millennium old Yom Kippur prayer book fragment from Cairo to be posted online


The Cairo Geniza, discovered in a synagogue in Cairo’s Old City, is a unique 1000 yr-old document and comes from the oldest Yom Kippur prayer book in Israel’s National Library collection.

By Yori Yalon


A unique fragment of a Yom Kippur prayer book from the Cairo Geniza, one of the most important resources for understanding Jewish culture, religion, economics and literature from the Middle Ages to the present, is slated to be uploaded to the website of the National Library of Israel.
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