Great Reading for The Days of Awe


The Aleppo Codex: In Pursuit of One of the World’s Most Coveted, Sacred, and Mysterious Books opens a treasure box of history mystery, and conspiracy. Created around 930, The Aleppo Codex is a the most precise full manuscript of the entire Bible in the world, including vowels, cantillation marks and comments to ensure that we would for all time read the Torah with consistency.

For over a thousand years, the manuscript was preserved in Jewish communities in the Near East but the establishment of Israel in 1947 made it unsafe. It was smuggled out of Syria delivered to the President of the State of Israel, Izhak Ben-Zvi in the 50s. The book is a whole megillah on this transfer.

In 1976, a photographic edition of the Aleppo Codex was published. Two years later it was exhibited to the public for the first time and 1986 it was brought to the Israel Museum for restoration. In 1993, the Aleppo Codex found its permanent home in the Shrine of the Book, along with the Dead Sea Scrolls. If you don’t want to read the book try this web site dedicated to the Aleppo Codex. There is so much to be gleaned from this story that relates to current times and why we are who we are and do what we do. Don’t miss it!

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