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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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....

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...

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: ...

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...