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        The Cairo Genizah

        In this video from the PBS series The Story of the Jews, Simon Schama explores the singular medieval phenomenon known as the Cairo Genizah, a repository of some 300,000 ancient documents preserved in a hole in the wall in a synagogue in Cairo. From approximately 1000-1500 AD, the Jews of Cairo deposited a wide assortment of documents, from sacred to secular, ancient bible texts to shopping lists, unwittingly creating a time capsule that offers modern man an unprecedented look at medieval life not only for the Jews, but for their Muslim neighbors as well.

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