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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Alas, at the time that Israel became a state, an anti-Jewish riot led to the gutting of the main synagogue in Aleppo and the Codex was believed burned.

Parts of the manuscript are discovered worldwide–black market sales that send portions of the Codex throughout Israel and the United States, South America and beyond. Pretty good writing but the subject is strange because it is a cliffhanger. Kerosene streetlamps flickered in the alleys.

Jun 27, Nina rated it liked it. The third victim was the public, including scholars, who was not given access to look at or study this important document for decades. When did they disappear? May 20, Paula Howard rated it really liked it. A few centuries later, it was taken to Aleppo in Syria, where it was kept in a carefully guarded, double-locked iron safe in a grotto at the great synagogue for years.

Matti Friedman | Matti Friedman – author of The Aleppo Codex

In context, that constituted uppitiness, or not knowing their place. It remained in Aleppo for six centuries, where it became the treasure of the ancient Jewish community there–a community that predated both Christianity and Islam. Hardcoverpages. The Aleppo Community sends it the the Israel. In the eyes of that majority they were effete, lacking in honor, and powerless by definition, but as long corex they accepted the supremacy of Muslims they were usually allowed to live and observe their faith and occasionally to prosper.

The Aleppo codex today is on display in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem — or is it? While not five stars, this short book didn’t take up a lot of reading time and left me feeling glad I’d read it.

Book Review: The Aleppo Codex (by Matti Friedman)

Quotes from The Aleppo Codex In another, the Crown was similarly moved, only to reappear, miraculously, in its place. Along the way, readers are treated to fascinating glimpses of Jewish history from the Tiberias of the sages, Jerusalem during the conquest of the crusaders, Cairo in the era of Maimonides, how Aleppo transformed inand more.


He lets the present-day politics rest in the long historical view, and between the lines. With the help of a motley crew of Codex enthusiasts, Friedman goes up against a campaign of silence so effective that it is only slightly cracking 50 years later, when all of the major players are dead. While the author was very good, I just didn’t enjoy the material. Sometimes it is told as oral history. Some of the reviews I read led me to expect a thriller which would immediately rope me in and keep me hanging on every word.

Since its completion inthe Codex traveled around, was used by Maimonides, and eventually found its home for something year My original brilliant review was lost due to post-storm internet issues, so here is a far less brilliant synopsis. There was a protracted court battle for ownership of the Codex, between the Israeli state and the Aleppo refugees.

I had no idea I was actually plunging into a real myster Do you like a good mystery? In its roughest outline this is indeed a book about a very old book but it is much more than that. Aug 26, Pat rated it really liked it.

Thou shalt not commit adultery. That is well known. It looked like a tedious bit of history and I was imagining a dry, boring lecture about an old book.

The Aleppo Codex is a year old manuscript written by Cdex ben Asher that is considered the most complete version of the Jewish people ever penned.

The process of change in how the Aleppo Jewish community was seen morphed and accelerated after the events ofeventually incorporating the entire community and ending in their being driven out.

Oct 03, Christopher rated it really liked it. Then, inwhen the United Nations voted to partition the former British mandate of Palestine into two new states, one Arab and the other Jewish, anti-Jewish riots broke out across the Arab world from Yemen to Morocco.

Why it is significant to the Alfppo community. As Syrian synagogues were torched by wild Muslim crowds, this precious book was damaged and ripped apart so when it’s successfully smuggled into Israel a few years later, there are major matri missing.

Let the consequences be on the heads of coex, not on ours.

Over the centuries it has traveled here and there, surviving the sack of Jerusalem in one of the Crusades, re-surfacing in Egypt to be consulted by the famed Jewish scholar Maimonides and eventually working its way to the Jewish community in Aleppo, Syria.

The more things change the more they stay the friedmzn. Homes, businesses, and synagogues were looted and burned, and hundreds of thousands of Jews fled for their lives, taking whatever valuables they could. Happily, I was very wrong about this book.


‘The Aleppo Codex’ by Matti Friedman

I’ve read extensively about the formation of the State of Israel—both contemporary and historic accounts—and this book brings missing puzzle pieces to my understanding of the Middle East as it exists now. At this point, what happened exactly to the Codex is a tangled and murky story. The author is a journalist and many of the chapters are deadening facts and details thrown on the page, and by the end of the novel, I didn’t mathi away with an answer to the “mystery.

The Aleppo Codex itself, also known as The Crown of Aleppo, was considered the most perfect copy of the Hebrew Bible, prior to it’s round-world adventure from Syria to Israel, the United States and beyond. The delegates at Flushing Meadow had set in motion the events that would lead to a war in Palestine, a Jewish victory, and the birth of the state of Israel.

I thought it sounded like it was going to be interesting but I have a little pile of audiobooks and this one was quickly heading to the bottom of the pile because I was having a serious case of buyer’s remorse.

The story hold particular poignancy because of ale;po tragic destruction in Aleppo currently underway. I love nothing more than a great book about a great book–and that is exactly what “The Aleppo Codex” fried,an. Eventually, we get a partial answer to these questions and more, including revelations of a cover-up and informed speculation that points the finger at particular parties.

Lots of questions that are woven into this non-fiction work that reads like a mystery novel — it’s a definite page turner. And what about Mossad – the Israeli spy organization? 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 held in summertime, past the grotto known as the Cave of the Prophet Elijah, with the safe inside.