Israel Afghan Jewish Past

January 3, 2013 - 2:33 PM
This undated Handout photo made available by The National Library of Israel shows an ancient manuscript discovered inside caves in a Taliban stronghold in northern Afghanistan - the first physical evidence of a vibrant Jewish community that thrived in that region a thousand years ago. Researchers say the "Afghan Genizah" marks the greatest such archive found since the "Cairo Genizah" was discovered in an Egyptian synagogue more than 100 years ago, uncovering a vast depository of medieval manuscripts considered to be among the most valuable troves of historical documents ever found. (AP Photo/The National Library of Israel, HO)