Bible Review 7:4, August 1991

The Aleppo Codex

Ancient bible from the ashes

By Harvey Minkoff

The date was December 2, 1947, four days after the United Nations decision to partition Palestine into a Jewish state and Arab state. Arab mobs in Syria were once again looting, burning, murdering and raping local Jews under the aegis of their, government’s anti-Zionism campaign. Similar pogroms had been staged throughout the country in 1945 to celebrate Syria’s newly gained independence from France, and they would occur again in 1949 in frustration over the Syrian army’s. defeat by the fledgling state of Israel.

The 2,500-year-old Jewish community of Syria, was nearing extinction. All the synagogues of Aleppo were systematically destroyed, every Jewish-owned store was looted and 6,000 of its 10,000 Jewish inhabitants fled to refuge in foreign lands.

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