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Liturgical Books
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1. Manuscripts

1.1. Oriental

Jewish liturgy may be divided into two broad categories: statutory liturgy, organized around the "hard core" that is enshrined in Jewish law, and poetic (piyyuṭ) liturgy, which historically originates in Byzantine-period Palestine and whose purpose is to either replace or embellish specific parts of the statutory liturgy. In codicological terms (Codicology), this division is reflected in the distinction that exists in most European rites between the siddur and the maḥzor - the former being the book…

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Rand (d.), Michael and Hollender, Elisabeth, “Liturgical Books”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish Book Cultures Online, General Editor: Emile Schrijver. Consulted online on 21 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2772-4026_EJBO_COM_042427>
First published online: 2023

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