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Author(s): Stefan C. Reif
The custom of storing discarded sacred texts and ritual objects in a deposit set aside for that purpose, the genizah (pl. genizot, Hebr. genizah), goes back to a Rabbinic tradition. In many places, the discarded religious as well as profane objects and writings were stored in isolated places in synagogues. Their remains, recovered in the modern period, enrich historical research. The genizah of Cairo, discovered at the end of the 19th century, was of outstanding importance: its holdings, consisting of hundreds of thou…
Date: 2020-05-12