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...

New York: Park Avenue Synagogue, June 25

I'll be speaking at the wonderful Park Avenue Synagogue in Manhattan on June 25, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., so come on over if you're in or around the city that evening. Tickets are free, but you do have to register -- right here....

2013 Canadian Jewish Book Award

I was thrilled be informed that The Aleppo Codex has been awarded the 2013 Canadian Jewish Book Award in the history category. The awards were announced in Toronto yesterday, May 2. Thanks to the judges and the folks behind the award; it's lovely to have my...

Coming soon: The Aleppo Codex in paperback

The paperback edition of The Aleppo Codex is due out from Algonquin Books on May 14. It has a new cover, with a lovely image looking out over Aleppo's Old City toward the Citadel, and even a (slightly) different title: ...

Our man in Beirut: The Remarkable Story of Isaac Shushan

From The Times of Israel, April 15 On the day Israel became a country 65 years ago, the young Syrian Jew was in Lebanon as a spy, part of an odyssey that took him from Aleppo to a kibbutz, to war in Palestine and an encounter...

2013 Sophie Brody Medal winner

I was thrilled to be notified today that the American Library Association has awarded The Aleppo Codex the 2013 Sophie Brody Medal for achievement in Jewish literature. It's a unique honor to be recognized by people who love and live books. Many thanks to the ALA...

‘Aleppsky Kodex’

The newly released Czech edition of The Aleppo Codex, published by Pistorius: ...