But Tudela remained under Christian rule, and entrepreneurial Jews like Benjamin benefited from an expanding economy and continuing tolerance. In his five-volume study of the letters and shipping documents found in the Cairo Geniza, Shelomo Goitein found evidence of Jewish merchants traveling all over the Indian Ocean in the period from the ninth to the 13th centuries. His itinerary was nothing if not ambitious. He then backtracked through Arabia, ending up in Egypt and North Africa.
Finally, he returned home, having visited more than cities and seen many extraordinary sights. The Jews of Cush, Benjamin wrote, worship the sun, but, because of the extreme heat in Africa, cannot go outside from Passover to Rosh HaShana; they illuminate lanterns and do all of their business at night. And each family has a house where it preserves the embalmed remains of its ancestors and relations. In each locale, Benjamin recorded not just the population of the local Jewish community, but its occupations and worship practices, as well as the relationship that Jews enjoyed with the ruling Christian or Muslim class.
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He found that Jews were involved in a broad range of occupations, from glass blowing in Tyre to silk weaving in Thebes to overseeing pearl fishing in the Persian Gulf. He found equally varied modes of Jewish worship, from a heretical sect in Cyprus that ushered in the Sabbath on Saturday morning to the Palestinian Jews who read the Torah on a triennial cycle as many non-Orthodox congregations do today.
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