Toronto Jewish Literary Festival (May 26)

Torontonians: Registration is now open for the Aleppo Codex lecture at the Toronto Jewish Literary Festival on May 26. It's "pay what you can." Details and registration right here....

Upcoming events in New York and Toronto

Two upcoming Aleppo Codex-related events for New Yorkers and Torontonians: On May 21 I will be speaking at Beth Torah, one of the biggest Aleppo synagogues in New York. This promises to be an interesting evening, the first one to be held with the community at...

“Le Codex D’Alep”

The French version of "The Aleppo Codex" -- "Le Codex D'Alep" -- has just been published by the wonderful people at Albin Michel. (More details here.) I spotted the book myself at Gagnani Books on the Rue de Rivoli, right next to the Louvre:  ...

Sami Rohr Prize ceremony, Jerusalem

I'm currently recovering from the wonderful Sami Rohr Prize ceremony here in Jerusalem, an event that included Syrian food and a killer electric oud. And, of course, a literary crowd packed into the ballroom at the King David Hotel. You can read a bit more...

To the Best of Our Knowledge

The mystery of the Aleppo Codex is featured on this week's episode of the great US public radio show To the Best of Our Knowledge. The episode is devoted to the idea of the "magic book," and is well worth a listen in its entirety: For...

2014 Sami Rohr Prize

Some incredible news this evening (Nov. 7) from the Jewish Book Council: I have been awarded the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize for The Aleppo Codex. The Rohr Prize  is the biggest Jewish literary award and one of the biggest in general. The previous winners are...

Q&A with the Jewish Book Council

The lovely folks at the Jewish Book Council are doing a Q&A with each of this year's five Sami Rohr Prize finalists about writing nonfiction, inspiration, good reads, and other book-related things. A link to my Q&A is right here....

Religion Newswriters Association book award

The RNA -- that would be the Religion Newswriters Association, not the Romantic Novelists' Association, which I'm sure is also a wonderful organization -- recently announced their annual awards, including one for the year's best religion books. The Aleppo Codex picked up second place. It's a pleasure...

2014 Sami Rohr Prize finalists announced

The five finalists for the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize have been announced, and I was thrilled to hear that The Aleppo Codex is one of them. The Rohr Prize is the biggest in the world of Jewish literature, and one of the biggest in general. This year's other...