The Incredible World of the Cairo Genizah

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Often in the discipline of history, finding evidence is a painstaking process. Documents are difficult to find and then just as hard to decipher. However, sometimes treasures of historical documents are found and reveal a distinct historical place or period. That is what the Cairo Genizah did.

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The Cairo Genizah manuscripts also demonstrate how complex and difficult it can be to accurately understand history. Many documents are only fragments, torn or dulled over time. They are difficult to read. People sometimes wrote on top of an existing letter or receipt, blocking the intent of the original writing. Often, it really is detective work to find good evidence.

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Mark Shiffer is a freelance writer living in Canada. He has a degree in history and loves writing about the subject. Mark particularly enjoys Jewish history, as it encompasses a massive time span and many regions of the world.
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