Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel. Four young outsiders go undercover at the founding of Israel in this gripping, intimate, and. It is beyond doubt that Matti Friedman, a Canadian-Israeli journalist, deserves it. The Aleppo Codex, also known as the “Crown,” was Judaism’s most. The Aleppo Codex, by Matti Friedman. In an age when physical books matter less and less, here is a thrilling story about a book that meant.

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A fascinating story of a vastly important yet little know book about the Hebrew bible. In its roughest outline this is indeed a book about a very old book but it is much more than that. The reason why I didn’t give this book a higher review is because of the writing. For many years it was thought that it was destroyed in the fire, but about ten years later large portions of it surfaced in Jerusalem, where it remains to this day. Now that it is here it is so great and wonderful that it surpasses human words.

But as he began looking into the history of the Codex in more depth, he discovered a story much more convoluted and sinister.

Thou shalt not steal or any other English translation. The book, considered by Maimonides, who lived in the twelfth century and considered, even today, to be one of the most important Jewish scholars in history, to be the best Codex of the Hebrew Bible available, had been stored and guarded in a synagogue in Aleppo, Syria, for more than a thousand years.

This story comes to life in the audiobook. Novel was not only about the path taken by the Aleppo The good of the State of Israel aldppo considered more i The Aleppo Codex is about sacred coddex that is owned and protected by the Aleppo community.


Among those who did understand the gravity of ffriedman events afoot was fifteen-year-old Rafi Sutton, the retired spy I would encounter six decades later. I literally decided to listen to it just to get it out of the pile so I wouldn’t have to dread listening to it any longer.

Book Review: The Aleppo Codex (by Matti Friedman)

Why was there a cover up? His investigation takes him to five continents, and he slathers his narrative with every element of suspense, including fading memories of elderly principal characters, international smugglers, wheelers and dealers, scholars, government bureaucrats, a brown suitcase, some purple stains, false hotel records, tight-lipped officials, and even an unexplained death. I’ve read extensively about the formation of the State of Israel—both contemporary and historic accounts—and this book I am a history geek and seminary graduate, and I really enjoyed The Aleppo Codex.

Novel was not only about the path taken by the Aleppo The good of the State of Israel was considered more important than the rights and needs of the community.

I was hoping for Friedman or an friedmaan to crack the case. It was believed the codex had been destroyed during the Anti-Jewish riots in Aleppo when the Central Synagogue of Aleppo, where the codex was housed, was set on fire and badly damaged.

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Nov 22, Judie rated it it was amazing. In the broadcast from Flushing Meadow, a flat American voice replaced that of a,eppo Brazilian. At this time, the Aleppo community was under threat because of Syrian nationalism and opposition to Zionism. The Codex actually survived—in fact, the Aleppo Jews had kept it hidden and eventually it was smuggled into Israel.

What happens in time of war and conflict? Mar 23, Jim Leffert rated it liked it.

Matti Friedman | Matti Friedman – author of The Aleppo Codex

The process of change in how the Aleppo Jewish community was seen morphed and accelerated after the events ofeventually incorporating the entire community and ending in their being driven out. Although Codfx could not provide conclusive answers to all of the questions, he managed to accumulate an unprecedented amount of evidence and information relating to the dark lacunae around the Codex. Most of the book is written like news articles and reads fast.


It was not a novel, but I don’t think a person could’ve made up anything more interesting or twisted than this story! coedx

‘The Aleppo Codex’ by Matti Friedman

As Syrian synagogues were torched friedmzn wild Muslim crowds, this precious book was damaged and ripped apart so when it’s successfully smuggled into Israel a few years later, there are major portions missing. The Codex remained in Maimonides descendants’ possession in Egypt until the late 14th century, when one of these descendants relocated to Aleppo in Syria.

Open Preview See a Problem? I didn’t find it as riveting as my coworker did. I had not been familiar with this Codex, but apparently it ranks right up there with the Dead Sea scrolls.

He tells us about the history of the Codex–the Crown of Aleppo–over the centuries and also about the personages protected the book during the riots and those who helped extricate the book from Aleppo in the s as the community there was extinguished. If ill befell the treasure, according to traditions of great age and import, or even if it ever left the synagogue, the community was doomed. The other advantage of fiction is that it can provide a sense of closure that’s not always possible in reality.