Take the 2-minute tour ×
Mi Yodeya is a question and answer site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more. It's 100% free, no registration required.

From what I understand, the loss of the Torah portion of Keter Aram Soba (the Aleppo Codex) in 1948 is heavily lamented because it was the oldest preserved and probably most accurate text of Torah.

Although the loss of the original is a tragedy, was the text preserved through sifre torah written later, copied off of the original? Were the sifre Torah (and printed Humashim) of Halab based off the Aleppo Codex, and if yes, don't we have any? Did nobody copy it since Rambam?

share|improve this question
    
aleppocodex.org –  Ya'akov Bar Saavedra Jan 14 at 2:55

3 Answers 3

up vote 6 down vote accepted

Apparently, at least in the last couple of centuries, the Keter was jealously guarded and people indeed were not permitted to make copies of it. (There may well have been other copies of it from Rambam's times or the next couple of centuries after that, but if so, they either haven't survived or are unknown.)

One important source that we do have - R. Mordechai Breuer used it, I believe, in the preparation of his "Keter Yerushalayim" referenced in Reb Chaim HaQoton's answer - is a list of questions that R. Yaakov Saphir, a 19th-century traveler and talmid chacham, sent to Aleppo, with their replies on what is written in the Keter. This has been published from manuscript, although according to the introduction there it's not his original autograph and so may not be 100% accurate.

share|improve this answer
    
Is that the same Ya'akov Saphir who wrote Even Saphir on the Jews of Yemen? –  Baal Shemot Tovot Mar 27 '12 at 0:19
1  
@l': Yep. (15.) –  Alex Mar 27 '12 at 0:59

There is an older copy of it printed by M. Bauer (in the 1970s) and there is a newer edition printed under the name "Jerusalem Crown" printed in 2001.

share|improve this answer
    
Bauer? Do you mean Breuer? –  Alex Mar 26 '12 at 13:37
    
Ya that's what I meant. Sorry, I was doing it from memory. –  Reb Chaim HaQoton Mar 26 '12 at 17:20
    
Or perhaps you confused him with J. Bauer? –  Baal Shemot Tovot Mar 27 '12 at 0:20

Read the Aleppo Codex, by Matti Friedman. It's fascinating and addresses these questions in more detail than any other source.

was the text preserved through sifre torah written later, copied off of the original? Were the sifre Torah (and printed Humashim) of Halab based off the Aleppo Codex, and if yes, don't we have any?

He says that the elders of Aleppo did not allow photographs of the Codex, nor have their been manual copies for a few hundred years. There may have been earlier manual copies that did not survive.

share|improve this answer
    
Can you include a summary of how it addresses this question in particular? Otherwise this seems more like a comment. –  Double AA Jan 14 at 15:44

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.