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The Cairo Genizah and Its Contribution to the Study of Midrash Aggadah
An introduction to a series in conjunction with the University of Haifa’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Research of the Cairo Genizah
A Monogamous Isaac Prays for His Barren Wife
Midrash Chad Shenati, discovered in the Cairo Genizah, criticizes Abraham for not praying for Sarah and praises Isaac for praying for Rebekah.
A 12th Century Derasha on Parashat Vayishlach: Reconstructing the Speaker’s Notes
“God Seeks the Pursued”: A Midrashic text from the genizah compares Esau’s Pursuit of Jacob with Saul’s pursuit of David using a panoply of biblical verses and mishnaic halakhot.
The “Egyptian” Midwives
Who were the midwives who risked their lives to save male Hebrew babies—Israelites or Egyptians? A text discovered at the Cairo Genizah sheds new light on this exegetical conundrum.
The Inner Workings of a Genizah Midrash on the Symbolic Value of Orlah
A set of homilies from the Genizah connects two biblical readings (sidrot) in Leviticus by emphasizing the importance of the mitzvah of orlah as a key to inheriting and remaining on the land.
Is Elijah Pinchas?
Elijah the prophet is immortal, and Pinchas appears in a story long after the wilderness period. Both figures are described as zealots, leading to their identification as the same person by Pseudo-Philo (ca. 1st cent. C.E.) and later midrash. In a heated exchange preserved in a 13th-century fragment from the Cairo Genizah, two cantors and a congregant debate the rationality of this identification.