A Rare Translation of the Mishnah into Judeo-Arabic

Among the manuscripts found in the Cairo Genizah are fragments of a translation of the Mishnah—the older stratum of the Talmud, compiled around 200 CE—into Judeo-Arabic. This dialect, which is Arabic written in Hebrew characters, was the everyday tongue of Jews in North Africa and parts of Spain and the Middle East for much of the last millennium. David Wasserstein describes the fragments and their significance:

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Last Week’s Peace Agreement Sends a Clear Message to the Palestinians

Sept. 21 2020

Considering the seminal agreement, formally concluded last Tuesday, in which both Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates normalized their relations with Israel, Douglas Feith writes:

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More about: Bahrain, Donald Trump, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, United Arab Emirates