Cairo Genizah - A Micro History
The Ben Ezra Synagogue was built thousands of years ago in Fustat, the heart of ancient Cairo, and still stands today. In this synagogue was a special room in which the Jews of Fustat deposited their worn and torn writings - Jewish liturgy, marriage ketubot, divorce gets, court documents, private letters, and more. This page is dedicated to those people and their lives – who they married and when, with whom they feuded, what they cooked for shabbat, where they lived, what synagogue they prayed in, and which synagogue they swore they'd never step foot in.
Looking for proof that nothing ever changes? In this ancient letter a mother complains to her son that he doesn’t write to her often enough… Sound familiar?
Documents from the Cairo Genizah: How is one to be buried? And more importantly, what should one wear to the burial? Egyptian Jews had clear requirements on the matter.
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