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February Update of Digital Collections

last modified Feb 28, 2014 10:08 AM

February Update

We are releasing nearly five hundred additional fragments in our Cairo Genizah Collection, bringing the total number online to over sixteen thousand. Of particular interest is T-S 6J7.3, a letter from a man to his father, probably written after King Louis IX's Crusade was launched against Egypt. The writer refers to sudden announcements by the Muslim authorities of restrictions imposed on Christians and Jews, requiring them to wear distinctive clothing in the street on pain of forfeiture of life and property. Also included is T-S NS 98.73, a handy (quite literally) guide for calendar calculations using the fingers.


Research and teaching in the field of Jewish Studies take place in a variety of faculties and departments across the University of Cambridge. The Cambridge Forum for Jewish Studies is an initiative whose objective is to join up this activity and communicate the range of expertise and wealth of research in the field that currently exists in the university. The Forum meets once a term to exchange information and ideas. It is hoped that it will encourage wider participation and a variety of perspectives.

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