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

Why was there fdiedman cover up? Using his research, including documents which have been secret for 50 years and interviews with natti players, AP correspondent Friedman tells a story of political upheaval, international intrigue, charged courtroom battles, obsession, and subterfuge.

In Aleppo, the sexton of the great synagogue — Asher Baghdadi was his name — a thin man in a robe that fell to his ankles, would have been making his rounds at this time, after the Sabbath had ended and the last of the worshippers had left, walking through the rooms as he always did, through the courtyard where prayers were friedmab in summertime, past the grotto known as the Cave of the Prophet Elijah, with the safe inside.

Despite efforts on his part to inject drama into the tale, Friedman manages to make the account of his investigations somewhat of a slog.


The author was just as unsuspecting when he started researching on the topic. It was believed the codex had been destroyed during the Anti-Jewish riots in Aleppo when the Central Synagogue of Aleppo, where the codex was housed, was set on fire and badly damaged.

But by exposing the hidden gears and mechanics of the accepted narrative, he has coedx made a decisive statement against silence, as well as a plea for the pages of the Book of Books to actually be paid attention to, not just lusted over, stolen, and neglected. The Atlantic then invited Friedman to write a longer article.

I give it a two thumbs up. Jul 11, Rabbi rated it really liked it.

The Aleppo Codex, by Matti Friedman

Despite that, he keeps looking until he is satisfied he has solved the mystery. It was November 29,a Saturday afternoon. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about this most interesting ancient and important book! I wanted to like this book, I really did, but I don’t. But that changed with the cosex of the temple by Rome in AD 70 and the exile of the Jews.

Book Review: The Aleppo Codex (by Matti Friedman) – The Good Book Blog – Biola University

In context, that constituted uppitiness, or not knowing their place. Thank you for signing up! Frledman Codex actually survived—in fact, the Aleppo Jews had kept it hidden and eventually it was smuggled into Israel. Other sections were lost stolen, damaged in the fire, or coddex otherwise somehow disappeared. And yet he remained, the last part of his title tells us, a Jew.

May 26, Lena rated it really liked it Shelves: The book survived the Crusades and survived centuries in a synagogue in Syria. In British-ruled Jerusalem, crowds poured into the streets.


The bad news is that the most important parts of this book, including the entire Pentatuch portion [Genesis through Deuteronomy], went missing. More than that, it’s won awards, according to the book’s Wikipedia page. Rioters burned down the synagogue where it was kept in response to the U.

Matti Friedman | Matti Friedman – author of The Aleppo Codex

But the heart of this book is the whodunit. W The Aleppo Codex is a thousand year old manuscript originally created to help Jews properly interpret their religious texts.

codsx The story of the Aleppo Codex is told by Matti Friedman, an Israeli journalist through a variety katti angles. I’m always happy when I find a book that manages to be both highly readable and not a waste of time. What it was unable to fully survive was the greed of an academici I had not been familiar with this Codex, but apparently it ranks right up there with the Dead Sea scrolls.

It looked like a tedious bit of history and I was imagining a dry, boring lecture about an old book. A fascinating story of a vastly important yet little know book about the Hebrew bible. I guess this is another reason for my lower review.

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