genizah

The room attached to a synagogue where biblical manuscripts unfit for liturgical use (often because of small errors etc.) are kept is called a genizah. A number of important ancient manuscripts of parts of the OT were found in a genizah in Cairo.

John McMath's picture of a Torah Scroll being carried at the Western Wall in Jerusalem illustrates respect for the text in contemporary Judaism. The genizah system indicates similar respect, which also produced the Masoretic system of scribal checks and balances to protect the letter of the text.


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