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  1/4/2013, Tevet 22, 5773

Ancient Afghan Papers Shed Light on Jewish Life

A cache of 1,000-year-old documents written by the Jewish community in Afghanistan and unveiled in Jerusalem on Thursday provides unprecedented insight into medieval Jewish community in central Asia.

"This is the first time we have a large collection of documents representing the culture of the Jews who lived there" at the beginning of the 11th century, said academic director of the National Library of Israel, Professor Haggai Ben-Shammai, according to AFP.