Topic: Culture, History
Duration: 8-10 sessions
Status: New

Cairo Genizah

Enjoy a front-row seat to the drama, gossip, legal transactions, and other daily intrigues of Jewish life ā€” in the Middle Ages. This 10-session course brings to life an exotic era in Jewish history, revealing the inner thoughts of real-life characters through the Cairo Genizah, a collection of 400,000 worn-out scraps, text fragments, and documents buried for centuries. Interpreting textual evidence yields new insights into the daily interactions and behaviors of Jewish men, women and families living along the Mediterranean more than 1,000 years ago ā€” and at root, how similar they are to our own family dynamics, business ventures and communal concerns today. Join us for a historical journey of intrigue and adventure!

Table of Contents

Lesson 1 - From Untouched to Internationally Acclaimed Documents

Lesson 2 - Revealing a Forgotten World

Lesson 3 - Family Life: Betrothal and Marriage

Lesson 4 - Family Life and Education

Lesson 5 - Commerce: Perilous Conditions

Lesson 6 - Commercial Endeavors: Challenges and Concerns

Lesson 7 - Tracing the Lives of Saadia Gaon, Yehudah haLevi, and Moshe ben Maimon as Reflected in Genizah Documents

Lesson 8 - Outstanding Personalities from the Genizah

Lesson 9 - Women in the Genizah

Lesson 10 - Technology Prevails: What Does the Future Holdfor the Cairo Genizah?

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