Rare medieval Hebrew prayer book to go on display at Israel Museum

September 9, 2009 18:45

A rare Hebrew manuscript written in 14th century Germany is going on display for the first time, just before the Jewish New Year holiday of Rosh Hashana, Israel Museum officials said Wednesday. The text, called the Nuremberg Mahzor, is one of the largest surviving medieval texts in the world. Written in 1331 in Germany, the prayer book remains mostly intact - only seven of its original 528 leaves are missing. Officials said the 1,042-page manuscript will be on display at the Israel Museum starting next Tuesday, days before Rosh Hashana, which begins September 18. The text includes one of the largest collections of handwritten Ashkenazi, or northern European, prayers and liturgical poems. About 100 have never before been published. Also, rabbinical commentary is printed in the margins.

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