The Great Synagogue of Aleppo was badly damaged during the 1947 riots. This image shows what the synagogue looked like shortly after these anti-Semitic attacks. Not only did the rioters burn 40 Torah scrolls and other sacred items, but they also seized the Aleppo Codex—breaking into the locked iron chest that housed it. Since there were no Jewish witnesses of this attack, no one knows for certain what the mob did with the Aleppo Codex, but when the Jews returned to the synagogue after the riots, they found the codex on the ground with pages ripped from it.