The Aleppo Codex & Syrian Jewish Cuisine
The Aleppo Codex, pride and joy of Syrian Jewry, continues to inspire curiosity and controversy a millennia after its composition.
Dated to the tenth century, the Codex is a hand calligraphed Bible annotated according to the Tiberian vocalization of the early Middle Ages. The Codex also features the Masora, a body of critical notes detailing frequency, prevalence, and proper spelling for specific biblical terms.
The prestige of the Aleppo Codex was established in the twelfth century by the great talmudist and philosopher Moses Maimonides who asserted the Codex was the most accurate manuscript of the Bible that he had ever encountered.
The Codex was preserved in Aleppo’s Great Synagogue for over six centuries, and was regularly consulted by Jewish scholars from around the world.
However, on 29 November 1947, the Great Synagogue was destroyed in a pogrom prompted by the United Nations’ Partition Plan for Palestine, and the Codex vanished without a trace! Join Rabbi Avraham Kelman for a fascinating discussion!
What happened to the Codex? Were any parts ever recovered?
Baruch-Lev, the Kelmans’ son, will follow up with a brief survey of the Syrian-Jewish poetic tradition. Finally, Rabinessa Liora Kelman will offer hands-on instruction in the preparation of a classic Syrian-Jewish treat.