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A collection of manuscripts from caves in Afghanistan has provided the first evidence of Jewish communities living in the devoutly Muslim country 1,000 years ago


Originally posted on @NewDayStarts:

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The cache of Hebrew documents are thought to have originated from the country’s northeast region, a Taliban stronghold.

The documents, which include biblical commentaries, personal letters and financial records, were unveiled by Israel’s National Library after being purchased from private dealers.

The National Library of Israel
The National Library of Israel

Significant: Some of the Hebrew documents purchased by Israel’s National Archive, which have been described by researchers as one of the most important ever stashes of Jewish documents ever found

Historic: Haggai Ben-Shammai, academic director of Israel's National Library, displays one of the documents from a collection of discarded religious Jewish writings dated from the 10th century Historic: Haggai Ben-Shammai, academic director of Israel’s National Library, displays one of the documents from a collection of discarded religious Jewish writings dated from the 10th century

Researchers have described the collection as one of the greatest Jewish archives ever found.

The stash has been dubbed the ‘Afghan Genizah’. Genizah is a Hebrew term that loosely translates as ‘storage’ and refers to a storeroom adjacent to a synagogue or Jewish cemetery where Hebrew-language books and papers are kept.

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