Phillip I. Ackerman-Lieberman

A Rabbi in Egypt: Mark Glickman (left) with Gamal Moustafa and a local worker at the Genizah.

Considering Both Sides of the Dinar

It may not appear so at first blush, but Mark Glickman?s book about the Cairo Genizah is a detective novel. The mystery in Glickman?s work lies hidden beneath the entertaining and colorful descriptions of the characters who ?discovered? the thousands of fragments preserved in the ?Genizah,? the storage chamber in the back of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Fustat (Old Cairo), where the Jewish community had stashed myriad disused documents following an ancient tradition not to destroy the written name of God.