Medieval Jewish documents prove existence of community in Afghanistan

Experts are baffled by the appearance of more than 200 rare, medieval Jewish manuscripts found in Afghanistan, proving the existence of a Jewish population in the country during the Middle Ages. The mystery? No one seems clear on how or where the documents were found.

The manuscripts are held by dealers in London, Geneva and Jerusalem, and are for sale.  The dealers story of the discovery is vague, involving a cave of foxes. “We don’t have any indication that the place where this was found was a synagogue,” says Shaul Shaked, professor emeritus at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. “This was likely a cave in which people in distress placed documents they cherished and had to flee because of some danger.”