Friday, September 14, 2012

The Aleppo Codex and the Ownership of Jewish Cultural Property

A review article as much as a book review by Alex Joffe of Friedman's book about the history of the important Aleppo Codex. Joffe mentions the ongoing case of the Iraqi Jewish Archive, and questions whether all Jewish material should be housed in Israel.

My feeling is that an effort should be made to find the heirs first, and I agree with Joffe that Jewish material should not be returned to countries such as Iraq where the Jewish community was wiped out.

The (currently) first comment added to Joffe's article is worth reading - it points out that the Aleppo Codex might have been better off returned to the religious Aleppo community in Jerusalem, rather than put into a secular Zionist institute where it was damaged and pages went missing.
http://www.jewishideasdaily.com/4979/features/the-aleppo-codex-and-the-ownership-of-tradition/

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