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...

December 16, 2012 The Dead Sea Scrolls we know, but who has ever heard of the Crown of Aleppo, in many respects a more important manuscript? Thanks to Matti Friedman's "The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible," the...

On this episode of Insights and Influence, Dave Gordon interviews Jerusalem-based journalist and author Matti Friedman, who recently published The Aleppo Codex: The True Story of Obesession, Faith, and the International Pursuit of an Ancient Bible. In what Friedman describes as a “a true-life detective story,” The Aleppo...

Beginning in mid-October, I'll be touring the U.S, beginning with appearances at two universities: October 24, 2012: Northwestern University, Department of Jewish Studies, Chicago, IL, 7:30 PM October 25, 2012: University of Notre Dame,  Hesburgh Center for International Peace Studies, South Bend, IN, 12:30 PM After that, I'll be...

The Aleppo Codex and the Ownership of Tradition  Sept. 12, 2012 The Torah belongs to all Jews and, indeed, to anyone who cares to learn and live its ways. But it is not transparent.  Copyists make errors.  Torah scrolls lack vowels, making pronunciation and meaning uncertain. Matti Friedman’s...