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Genizat Yerushalayim: The National Library of Israel in Jerusalem

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A few years ago a project was initiated at the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem (JNL) to search among the holdings of the JNL for Hebrew manuscript fragments which had been removed from book-bindings. This chapter highlights the fragments from five noteworthy medieval and Early modern period compositions, genres and correspondence discovered by the project. Twenty-seven binding fragments come from 15th century manuscript of Kiryat Sefer, composed by R. Isaac ben Jacob de Lattes in Provence. The chapter focuses on few examples from two groups of fragments: manuscripts in the fields of Halakhah, medicine, and documents. Each item has its own merits. The halakhic and medical fragments include passages that fill lacunae in better known versions of these texts. The documents discussed in this chapter shed new light on two famous leading figures from the Jewish communities in Egypt and the Land of Israel during 16th century.

Keywords: Halakhah; Hebrew manuscript fragments; Jewish communities; Kiryat Sefer; National Library of Israel in Jerusalem (JNL)



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