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Additional Fragments of the Mahzor Eretz-Israel - Dr Michael Rand

The Mahzor Eretz-Israel is an extensive liturgical codex, the scattered remnants of which have been identified in the Cairo Genizah and published in a facsimile edition by Yosef Yahalom.

The codex is significant in that it represents a comprehensive Medieval Eastern Jewish liturgical book. In this regard, it differs from the overwhelming majority of liturgical materials contained in the Genizah, which mostly consist of booklets of limited liturgical scope (i.e., booklets containing liturgical materials for one festival, and the like).

In this project Dr Rand gathered together a number of new manuscript fragments stemming from this codex, identified their place within it, and analyzed their contents both in terms of the unique liturgical rite that the codex represents, as well as the texts of the poetic-liturgical (piyyut) compositions that are copied in them.

The results are expected to be published in an article in the Israeli journal Tarbiz.


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