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Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Schocken Books
Publication date June 21, 2016
Pages 304
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780805212235
ISBN-10 080521223X
Dimensions 0 by 6 by 8.50 in.
Original list price $17.00
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NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FINALIST

WINNER OF THE 2012 AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION’S SOPHIE BRODY AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN JEWISH LITERATURE


Sacred Trash tells the remarkable story of the Cairo Geniza—a synagogue repository for worn-out texts that turned out to contain the most vital cache of Jewish manuscripts ever discovered.

This tale of buried communal treasure weaves together unforgettable portraits of Solomon Schechter and the other modern heroes responsible for the collection’s rescue with explorations of the medieval documents themselves—letters and poems, wills and marriage contracts, Bibles, money orders, fiery dissenting religious tracts, fashion-conscious trousseaux lists, prescriptions, petitions, and mysterious magical charms. Presenting a pan­oramic view of almost a thousand years of vibrant Mediterranean Judaism, Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole bring contemporary readers into the heart of this little-known trove, whose contents have rightly been dubbed “the Living Sea Scrolls.” Part biography, part meditation on the supreme value the Jewish people has long placed in the written word, Sacred Trash is above all a gripping tale of adventure and redemption. 

(With black-and-white illustrations throughout.) 



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from Schocken Books (April 5, 2011)
9780805242584 | details & prices | 283 pages | 6.50 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $26.95
About: NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FINALISTPart of the Jewish Encounter seriesOne May day in 1896, at a dining-room table in Cambridge, England, a meeting took place between a Romanian-born maverick Jewish intellectual and twin learned Presbyterian Scotswomen, who had assembled to inspect several pieces of rag paper and parchment.
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Reprint edition from Schocken Books (June 21, 2016)
9780805212235 | details & prices | 304 pages | List price $17.00
About: NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FINALISTWINNER OF THE 2012 AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION’S SOPHIE BRODY AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN JEWISH LITERATURE Sacred Trash tells the remarkable story of the Cairo Geniza—a synagogue repository for worn-out texts that turned out to contain the most vital cache of Jewish manuscripts ever discovered.

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