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Eretz–Israel Mahzorim In The Genizah: From Palaeography To Liturgy

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The study of liturgical fragments from the Genizah is a complex undertaking. Only rarely can one apply the distinction used with other Genizah fragments and differentiate between familiar (usually literary) material, and unfamiliar (usually documentary) material. The original mah?zorim consisted of codices of folio-sized vellum, and were over two hundred folios long, thus constituting a significant financial investment on the part of the communities responsible for their creation. The special composition of 'Mahḥzor Eretz-Israel' undoubtedly reflects the lyrical and liturgical arrangements of the community that created it, and special significance attaches to the impressive presence in the 'Mahḥzor' of contributions by Solomon, also known as Sulaiman al- Sinjari. The efforts invested in creating a large liturgical codex reflect the accepted authority of the established framework of prayer enjoyed by a large community, which would eventually earn itself the role of binding tradition.

Keywords: Eretz-Israel; Genizah; liturgical fragments; mahḥzorim



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