Friday, December 2, 2011

Genizah Update #32 - Interview

Genizah Update #32


Hello Everyone,

Just a quick note to let you know that I recently did an hour-long interview for “Landminds,” an Israel National Radio program focusing on archeology and other related topics. The interview is available locations on line:

1. Israel National Radio -
2. Foundation Stone (home page, available on the player for the coming week) -
3. Foundation Stone (LandMinds 2011b archive, episodes 389 and 390) -
4. iTunes -
5. TuneIn -

That’s all for now. Have a great weekend!

Rabbi Mark Glickman

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Genizah Update #31: Podcast, etc.

Genizah Update #31

Podcast, Etc.

Hello Everyone,

A few quick updates at what, for many of us, is becoming an increasingly busy time of year.

I recently taped an hour-long podcast on my book with Professor Tony Gill, of the Research on Religion podcast. It’s available at:, or on iTunes. Enjoy!

By my count, I have now given presentations on the Cairo Genizah in 11 states throughout the country. In just the past few weeks, I’ve spoken at:

• Mt. Zion Temple (St. Paul, MN)
• The University of Minnesota Hillel (Minneapolis)
• Bet Shalom Congregation (Minnetonka, MN)
• The San Diego Jewish Book Fair
• Seacrest Village (Encinitas, CA)
• Beth Israel Congregation (Houston, TX)

In the coming months, I’m scheduled to appear at congregations in Springfield MA, Worcester MA, and at a class on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Cairo Genizah being taught at Central Washington University (Ellensburg). If you know of any groups interested in having me speak, please feel free to have them contact me at this email address or at my cell phone (425-531-0536).

Holiday time is coming, and, as you know, there’s no gift quite like the gift of Genizah. You can order books – print or audio – at the links below, or if you’d like a signed copy of the print-edition, I’d be glad to send you a copy:

$24.99 Book
$3.50 Shipping
$2.15 Tax (WA Only)

Send check, payable to me, to:

15030 232nd Ave. NE
Woodinville, WA, 98077

That’s all for now. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and a wonderful December,


Rabbi Mark Glickman

Have you seen my new book? “Sacred Treasure--The Cairo Genizah: The Amazing Discoveries of Forgotten Jewish History in an Egyptian Synagogue Attic” (Jewish Lights Publishing) (Print) (Audio)
Rabbi Mark Glickman – 425-531-0536 (Cell)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Genizah Update #30 - Audiobook Available

Genizah Update #30
Audiobook Available!

August 12, 2011

Hello Everybody,

It’s been many months since my last Genizah missive, but I did want to let you know that…


…The audio version of my book, Sacred Treasure: The Cairo Genizah is now available for download – 8 hours and 21 minutes of sheer Genizah joy!

You can purchase it from Amazon,, and soon (I am told), iTunes as well. Here are the links:


As of now, it’s most affordable on Amazon, but I think there might be a way to get it for free if you get a 30-day trial with

I’ll add that I had a lot of fun making the recording. For three days over the course of two weeks, I drove to Snohomish WA and sat in before a microphone in Chris Hanzsek’s sound studio to read the book. Then, Chris got to work and made the recording shine.

(For someone who talks like I do, getting sound-edited is a real treat. I went to years and years of speech therapy when I was younger, but in the end, it turns out that all I needed was Chris – he made me perfectly fluent!)

Speaking Engagements

Even though the book has been out for some time now, I am still actively working to promote it. In November alone I am currently booked for appearances in San Diego, Houston, Minneapolis, and St. Paul. If you know of a group that would be interested in having me speak, please feel free to put us in contact with one another.

Barnes & Noble

Finally, just this minute I received word that Barnes & Noble just purchased a couple hundred copies of my book for sales around the country. They should be on the shelves by next month, making the “dead-trees” version more readily available to interested readers everywhere (or everywhere where there’s a B&N that carries it, at least.

Thanks as always for your ongoing support, and best wishes for a terrific end-of-summer.


Rabbi Mark Glickman

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Genizah Update #29: News, Reviews, and Looking Ahead

Genizah Update #29

News, Reviews, and Looking Ahead

Hello Everyone,

Just a few items of interest for this update:

A New Genizah Discovery

First, some exciting news. A couple of weeks ago, the Taylor Schechter Genizah Research Unit at Cambridge University announced the discovery of yet another leaf of the original Hebrew of the book of Ben Sirah. As you may know, it was Solomon Schechter’s 1896 discovery of another page of the original Hebrew of Ben Sirah that first brought the Genizah to world attention. The newly discovered fragment at Cambridge is not from the same copy as the page that Schechter first identified in 1896, but rather from another copy of the book, a page of which was discovered some time ago at a library in France.

You can find more information about this discovery – as well as some pictures of the manuscript itself – at

Recent Events in Egypt

Needless to say, Egypt has been in the news lately. My sources on the ground in Cairo tell me that army soldiers have replaced the police guards at the Ben Ezra Synagogue (and at Cairo’s other synagogues, too), and that, at least for the time being, these sites are safe.

In Alexandria, on the other hand, the situation is quite different. There, the police have stopped providing security at the city’s only synagogue, and no soldiers or other government forces have arrived to replace them. Synagogue employees have stopped coming to work, and looters have destroyed most of the nearby shops. So far, the synagogue itself has not been damaged, but this is only because two devoted members of Alexandria’s Jewish community have been guarding the place on their own.

We hope and pray for the continued safety of Egypt’s Jews and it’s precious sites and treasures.

Sacred Treasure: The Adventure Continues

Word about the Cairo Genizah – not to mention the fascinating new book about it – continues to spread. Here are a few examples:

• A TV interview I did during my recent trip to Cincinnati (my tie was askew, I said “um” a lot, and the guy called me “Glick’um,” but aside from that, it went pretty well):

• Review in the Jewish Daily Forward, a prominent nationally distributed Jewish newspaper:

• Article in Orange County Jewish Life:

• A half-page review in the January 6 Seattle Times:

Also, Seattle’s Jewish newspaper, the JT News, recently released its “Best of 2010” issue. For best book, readers chose To the End of the Land, by Israeli novelist David Grossman. However, the article goes on to say that another favorite of JT News readers was Sacred Treasure: The Cairo Genizah. From what I know of Mr. Grossman’s prodigious talent, I’ll gratefully accept a second place listing to his book.

Books Available

It’s never too late to order your signed copy of the book:

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Rabbi Mark Glickman
15030 232nd Ave. NE
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As always, I thank you for your ongoing support for this project.


Rabbi Mark Glickman

Speaking Schedule

Mon, Feb 14 3:30 PM University of Washington Seattle
Sun, Feb 27 TBA Cong. Ahavath Beth Israel Boise, ID
Mon, Mar 7 7 PM Village Books Bellingham, WA
Fri, Mar 18 Noon University District Rotary Club Seattle, WA
Thu, Mar 24 TBA Congregation Ee Shalom Vashon Island, WA
Wed, Mar 30 2 PM Central Conference of American Rabbis New Orleans, LA

Please contact me at this email address or at the telephone number below to schedule a speaking engagement.

Have you seen my new book? “Sacred Treasure--The Cairo Genizah: The Amazing Discoveries of Forgotten Jewish History in an Egyptian Synagogue Attic” (Jewish Lights Publishing)
Rabbi Mark Glickman – 425-531-0536 (Cell)