Sneak Peak of the Genizah at the Grand Choral Synagogue in Saint Petersburg

What’s a genizah? In Judaism, it is forbidden to throw away writings containing the name of God. Special repositories, genizot, were designated to store these texts prior to proper cemetery burial. The word גניזה itself means “storage”. But the Hebrew root גנז/g-n-z comes from the meaning “hiding”, “to hide” or “to put away.”

Some of the notable historical and archaeological finds are linked to different genizot. For example research at the Cairo Genizah shed light not only on the development of Judaism over the centuries but on the aspects of everyday Jewish life, as it contained many secular texts as well.

Thanks to Kirill Sahmanov, we can take a look at a modern genizah located at the Grand Choral Synagogue in Saint Petersburg (Russia):

 

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