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The Contribution Of Genizah Texts To The Study Of Siddur Rabbi Solomon Ben Nathan

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Prayer finds from the genizah of the Ben Ezra synagogue in Fustat (old Cairo) constitute a key resource for our knowledge of the early siddur, in particular, prayer rite praxis in the late first, and early second, millennium CE. An identical situation applies to a third extant witness to the Babylonian rite: the siddur of Rabbi Solomon ben Nathan (SBN), which belongs to a later, secondary, eastern branch. The Palestinian influence evidenced by the Modim benediction strengthens Zucker's claim of an eastern origin for this siddur. Some of the Palestinian prayer customs transmitted to Diaspora communities in the east outside Babylonia were partially or fully preserved over long periods of time. Genizah texts not only shed significant light on the body of the prayer rite found in this siddur, they also facilitate restoration of the portions missing from MS Oxford in particular.

Keywords: Babylonian rite; Genizah texts; MS Oxford; Palestinian; Siddur Rabbi Solomon Ben Nathan



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