Question? Give us a call:1- 773-262-1700
Get access to exclusive deals - Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest:
Pinterest

  See all our latest titles:   New Release Books
                           |
Jan 21 Tu B'Shevat
Mar 21 Purim
Apr 20 First day of Passover
Apr 27 Last day of Passover
May 2 Yom HaShoah
May 9  Yom HaAtzmaut
May 23  Lag B'Omer
Jun 9 Shavuot
Aug 11 Tisha B'Av
Sep 30 Rosh Hashana
Oct 9 Yom Kippur
Oct 14 First day of Sukkot
Oct 20 Last day of Sukkot
Oct 21 Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah
Dec 23 First day of Chanukah
Dec 30 Last day of Chanukah

  Home > Books > History > General >

Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza by Adina Hoffman, Peter Cole, S. Schechter
Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza by Adina Hoffman, Peter Cole, S. Schechter
 
Our Price: $24.30

Product Code: 12020
Qty:

Description
 
One 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. It was the unlikely start to what would prove a remarkable, continent-hopping, century-crossing saga, and one that in many ways has revolutionized our sense of what it means to lead a Jewish life.

In Sacred Trash, MacArthur-winning poet and translator Peter Cole and acclaimed essayist Adina Hoffman tell the story of the retrieval from an Egyptian geniza, or repository for worn-out texts, of the most vital cache of Jewish manuscripts ever discovered. This tale of buried scholarly treasure weaves together unforgettable portraits of Solomon Schechter and the other heroes of this drama with explorations of the medieval documents themselves—letters and poems, wills and marriage contracts, Bibles, money orders, fiery dissenting tracts, fashion-conscious trousseaux lists, prescriptions, petitions, and mysterious magical charms. Presenting a panoramic view of nine hundred years of vibrant Mediterranean Judaism, Hoffman and Cole bring modern readers into the heart of this little-known trove, whose contents have rightly been dubbed “the Living Sea Scrolls.” Part biography and part meditation on the supreme value the Jewish people has long placed on the written word, Sacred Trash is above all a gripping tale of adventure and redemption.

Share your knowledge of this product with other customers... Be the first to write a review
(Your shopping cart is empty)