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1. Concept


2. Cairo Genizah


3. Genizot of German Lands

In Germanic lands genizot – in which worn-out or damaged books, writings, and ceremonial objects were stored in the synagogues’ attics according to the precept of treating them with respect and reverence (Veneration of Books and Scrolls) – have been preserved in buildings dating back to the early modern period. This does not mean that the custom to set up such repositories, which as the genizah of Cairo shows is much older, had been p…

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Singer-Brehm, Elisabeth, “Genizah”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish Book Cultures Online, General Editor: Emile Schrijver. Consulted online on 23 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2772-4026_EJBO_COM_042404>
First published online: 2023

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