Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel. Four young outsiders go undercover at the founding of Israel in this gripping, intimate, and. It is beyond doubt that Matti Friedman, a Canadian-Israeli journalist, deserves it. The Aleppo Codex, also known as the “Crown,” was Judaism’s most. The Aleppo Codex, by Matti Friedman. In an age when physical books matter less and less, here is a thrilling story about a book that meant.

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The Aleppo Codex, by Matti Friedman | The Times of Israel

In the ancient synagogue where the Crown had been kept for two hundred thousand nights, this night, which would be the last, seemed no different. To ask other readers questions about The Aleppo Codexplease sign up. I am looking forward to his lecture after reading Aleppo Codex. What community owns history?

Each generation added to the protective web of stories that surrounded the treasure, though almost none of those who venerated it had ever set eyes on it. Friedman, a determined journalist and researcher, wrote this non-fiction book describing his attempts to get to the bottom of the various mysteries around what happened to the Codex since Apr 21, Melissa Service rated it it was ok.

It was the history of a missing sacred text for Syrian Jews. Still no one knows what happened to the missing pages. They also had a land, and a language, aleppk a temple that was the center of their religion.

‘The Aleppo Codex’ by Matti Friedman

Aleppo was no exception. Along the way, he considers which of the men in its alelpo may not have cared for it as well as they should have and the battle for its ownership between the Aleppo Jews and the new government of Israel. Let the consequences be on the heads of others, not on ours. A somewhat depressing yet captivating piece of investigative journalism about the most ancient and perfect manuscript of the Hebrew bible and its journey from Aleppo to Jerusalem.


What happened to this highly sacred Crown. Sep 28, E.

In context, that constituted uppitiness, or not knowing their place. When did they disappear? This is a compelling book, rich in aleppoo detail and fascinating discussions about how a dispersed people retain their traditions.

How much of it, if any, was actually burned in the fire? Published May 15th by Algonquin Books first published January 1st Fortunately, the Hebrew scriptures have been meticulously copied and available somewhere on this planet ever since they were first written. This book provides an excellent detective story as well as an introduction to Jewish practices through the ages. It was spirited out of Jerusalem after the catastrophe of the first crusade, landed in Cairo and eventually in Aleppo.

The book won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, was selected as one of Booklist’s top ten aelppo and spirituality books ofwas awarded the American Library Association’s Sophie Brody Medal and the Canadian Jewish Book Award for history, and received second place for the Religion Newswriters Association’s nonfiction mafti book of the year. As the story unfolds it educates the reader about how ancient Hebrew manuscripts were made, about the Holocaust, about how the modern state of Israel began, cdex about the alwppo and politics of modern Israel.


Matti Friedman used his journalistic training and skills to find out about the Crown and its journey. In The Aleppo Codex: After pages went missing. In the eyes of that majority they were effete, lacking in honor, and powerless by alppo, but as long as they accepted the supremacy of Muslims they were usually allowed to live and observe their faith and occasionally to prosper.

It involves lots of intrigue, mystery, and even a possible murder.

Matti Friedman | Matti Friedman – author of The Aleppo Codex

Despite a growing tendency in our own times to paint the premodern Islamic world as an Eden of religious tolerance in which Jews flourished, they always lived by the whims of fickle rulers and the mood of a hostile majority. Aelppo 04, Atif Rahman rated it it was ok.

Since its completion inthe Codex traveled around, was used by Maimonides, and eventually found its home for something years in the Jewish community of Aleppo where it was ferociously guarded. Those Jews were the second victims. The precious thousand-year-old handwritten Aleppo Codex was somehow hidden away and smuggled out of the country.

Only at the very end, as he sums up the tale, does Friedman let loose with an eloquent cri de coeur on behalf of this priceless but ill-treated cultural, religious, and scholarly treasure.