Thursday, May 6, 2010

Genizah Update #19: Sacred Treasure - It's Looking Like a Book

Genizah Update #19
Sacred Treasure - It's Looking Like a Book

May 5, 2010

Hello Everyone,

Another quick update this week.

The Book
In a previous email, I mentioned that I had completed the first draft of my book. Although that was true, the first draft that I had completed was, at the time, very raw. Certain sections were repeated, some interviews had not yet been incorporated, and there remained a few interviews that I had yet to conduct. I continued to plug away at it, however, and after a sixteen-hour writing marathon on Monday, the book is finally starting to look like a book. It appears that I am going to make my June 1 submission deadline – phew!

The folks at Jewish Lights Publishing recently told me that not only will they be featuring my book in their Fall catalogue, but that the book will also appear on the cover of the catalogue. I have attached a copy of the cover – it’s not a huge splash for my book, but Sacred Treasure is the only of JL’s many titles that the cover even mentions.

I have also attached a very brief book excerpt – feedback, as always, is most welcome.

PRI’s The World
I received a lot of nice feedback from my appearance on PRI’s The World. If you haven’t heard the broadcast, it is still online:

Funding Needed
As I mentioned in previous emails, many of you have been very generous in your support of this project. I have been using these funds for travel and other expenses I incur in writing my book, and at the conclusion of this project I will donate all remaining funds to the Jewish Theological Seminary or The Cambridge University Library to support their care of the Genizah documents. The two libraries own 230,000 of the 300,000 known Genizah manuscripts.

And, of course, Expedition Genizah T-Shirts are still available for the low, low price of $20 – all proceeds will be included in the donations I described above.

Please give generously – you can send you donations to:

Rabbi Mark Glickman
15030 232nd Ave. NE
Woodinville, WA 98077

As always, thank you for your ongoing support and enthusiasm.


Rabbi Mark Glickman