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Book Review: The Aleppo Codex (by Matti Friedman)

Using his research, including documents which have been secret for 50 years and interviews with key players, AP correspondent Friedman tells a story of political upheaval, international intrigue, charged courtroom battles, obsession, and subterfuge.

At this time, the Aleppo community was under threat because of Syrian nationalism and opposition to Friesman. That is why over years ago, and long before the invention of the printing press, scholars known as Ba’alei matyi codified the official text which they painstakingly wrote out by hand, with ink on parchment, in authoritative codices, employing a single, universal standard and agreed upon system of punctuation and vocalization, and recognized by Biblical scholars throughout the world.

Overall, an excellent, informative read.

But by exposing the hidden gears and mechanics of the accepted narrative, he has still made a decisive statement against silence, as well as a plea for the pages of the Book of Books to actually be paid attention to, not just lusted over, stolen, and neglected. In The Aleppo Codex: Quotes from The Aleppo Codex Erg boeiend geschreven, het leest bijna als een -zij het dan waargebeurde- detective.

By that time, it was not coded the same condition it had been when it was brought into the country.

It provides an excellent historic context for understanding today’s Middle Eastern conflict, as well as reveals aspects of the Jewish diaspora and state’s early government that help me comprehend tensions in the region by adding layers of detail.


It had the feel of being well-researched but I always find real mysteries leaving me with more questions than answers. His investigation takes him to five continents, and he slathers his narrative with every element of suspense, including fading memories of elderly principal characters, international smugglers, wheelers and dealers, scholars, government bureaucrats, a brown suitcase, some purple stains, false hotel records, tight-lipped officials, and even an unexplained death.

This book is a journalistic whodunit about how the book came to be the property of the new state of Israel rather than of the Aleppo Jews who emigrated to Israel or elsewhere, and, further, how friedamn ended up short pages from the aleppp five books of the bible–the most important part. Along the way, he considers which of the men in its path may not have cared for it as well as they should have and the battle for its ownership between the Aleppo Jews and the new government of Israel.

This is a solid four-star read, though.

The Aleppo Codex, by Matti Friedman | The Times of Israel

You know you’re heading into something juicy when you learn of an important old volume protected zealously for generations that vanishes during a riot that leaves mounds of burned and scattered papers across an ancient synagogue in Aleppo.

For nearly years scholars studied alppo work and guarded it closely. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today. It is a book that gets the reader to thing. He struggles to uncover evidence nobody seemed willing to release, including the transcript of a trial. The bad news is that the most important parts of this book, including the entire Pentatuch portion [Genesis through Deuteronomy], went missing.

I literally decided to listen to it just to get it out of the pile so I wouldn’t have to dread listening to it any longer. Mar 23, Jim Leffert rated it liked it. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Sometimes the Codex itself is the prism used to look at Jewish history under colonial European rule or under Muslim rule in Medieval times or to look at the centrality of the Hebrew Bible, especially the Torah the first five books to the Jewish people throughout history.


Matti Friedman | Matti Friedman – author of The Aleppo Codex

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. Since its completion inthe Codex traveled around, was used by Maimonides, and eventually found its alepppo for something years in the Jewish community of Aleppo rriedman it was ferociously guarded. How much of it, if any, was actually burned in the fire?

The titular Aleppo Codex refers to what is probably the closest thing we have to an original bible. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Friednan 21, Melissa Service rated it it was ok. It is missing most of the Torah among other biblical books.

The Aleppo Codex is a year old manuscript written by Ahron ben Asher that is considered the most complete version of the Jewish people ever penned. However, I didn’t quite believe the solution of the “mystery” of what matti to the codex, and the investigation leaves more questions than answers.

aoeppo Most of the book is written like news articles and reads fast. Once in Israel it sparks a bitter fight between the government of Israel and the traditional religious community of Aleppo. I had no idea I was actually plunging into a real mystery, still not completely resolved, and going for a really fascinating ride.