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The Discovery Of Medieval Targum And Mahzor Fragments In Freiberg/Saxony

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The history of Freiberg is closely tied to the silver mining industry in the state, which has dramatically enhanced the economic development of the city. The existence of some Hebrew fragments in Freiberg has been known for a few years. The mining archive in Freiberg contains approximately 160,000 of these mining reports, a large number of them having bindings of parchment. According to the information sources in Freiberg the so-called "Judenschule" became a Christian property in the year 1427. It is guessed that after the expulsion of the Jewish community from Freiberg and after the confiscation of Jewish property including the synagogue, the liturgical materials became the property of the Christian community. It is concluded that under these circumstances the Tanach with the Onqelos-Targum and the Mahzor were confiscated and kept in one of the monasteries nearby.

Keywords: Freiberg; Hebrew fragments; Jewish property; liturgical materials; Mahzor fragments; Tanach; Targum



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