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People of the Book :A novel, by Geraldine Brooks.
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Published Material from the Cambridge Geniza Collections: A Bibliography, 1896-1980, by Stefan C. Reif.
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Documents of Jewish Sectaries, edited from Hebrew manuscripts in the Cairo Geniza collection now in the possession of the University library, Cambridge by Solomon Schechter.
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Documents of the Jewish Pious Foundations from the Cairo Geniza, by Moshe Gil.
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Kabbalah: A guide for the perplexed.
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Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza By Adina Hoffmann and Peter Cole

Reviewed by Rabbi Pinchas Giller, Ph.D., Author, Chair of the Jewish Studies Department and Professor in Medieval Jewish Thought at AJU

For all of us lonely acolytes, by which I mean Jewish scholars obsessed by the ancient text in all of its mystery, Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole's Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza is an enthralling and vindicating academic detective story. Hoffman and Cole chronicle a world of 20th century scholars, with all the dramas and upheavals of their lives and times, and the thrilling discoveries that they made in the writings found in the Cairo Geniza.

A geniza is a place used for storing the detritus of Jewish religious life, the materials that were used as sacred objects, but are worn out. They can't be thrown away, so they have to be buried or otherwise stored indefinitely. In late antiquity and the Middle Ages, any Hebrew writing was viewed as ancient, and the attic of the Ben Ezra Synagogue of old Cairo held a thousand years worth of such scraps.

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