Judeo-Persian Bucharian Manuscript
According to scholar Paul Franks, “Printed book is a Judeo-Farsi translation of the poem Keter Malkhut by Shlomo ibn Gabirol, for use in the synagogue on Yom Kippur, when some communities have the custom to recite it, either individually or communally. The translator says that he has not printed the whole poem in the Hebrew original because it is available in Yom Kippur prayer books already.”
According to scholar Chaim Louis Meiselman, “The ms. materials are compilations and discourse material. The manuscripts appear to be themed. It is a bit late for an Ms print composite but Bukhara operates a bit later than generally.”
Bukharian Jews, also Bukharan or Bukhari Jews (Russian: Бухарские евреи Bukharskie evrei; Hebrew: בוכרים Bukharim; Tajik and Bukhori Cyrillic: яҳудиёни бухороӣ  Yahudiyoni bukhoroī (Bukharian Jews) or яҳудиёни Бухоро Yahudiyoni Bukhoro (Jews of Bukhara), Bukhori Hebrew Script: יהודיי בוכאראי and יהודי בוכארי), are Jews of the Mizrahi branch from Central Asia who historically spoke Bukhori, a Tajik dialect of the Persian language.
Their name comes from the former Central Asian Emirate of Bukhara, which once had a sizable Jewish community. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the great majority have immigrated to Israel or to the United States (especially Forest Hills, New York), while others have immigrated to Europe or Australia. The Bukharian Jews are Mizrahi Jews and have been introduced to and practice Sephardic Judaism.
Bukharian Jews used the Persian language to communicate among themselves and later developed Bukhori, a Tajik dialect of the Persian language with small linguistic traces of Hebrew. This language provided easier communication with their neighboring communities and was used for all cultural and educational life among the Jews. It was used widely until the area was “Russified” by the Russians and the dissemination of “religious” information was halted. The elderly Bukharian generation use Bukhori as their primary language but speak Russian with a slight Bukharian accent. The younger generation use Russian as their primary language, but do understand or speak Bukhori.
Today, there are about 150,000 Bukharian Jews in Israel (mainly in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area including the neighborhoods of Tel Kabir, Shapira, Kiryat Shalom, HaTikvah and cities like Or Yehuda, Ramla, and Holon) and 60,000 in the United States (especially Queens—a borough of New York that is widely known as the “melting pot” of the United States due to its ethnic diversity)—with smaller communities in the USA like Phoenix, South Florida, Atlanta, San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Denver. Only a few thousand still remain in Uzbekistan. About 500 live in Canada (mainly Toronto, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec). Almost no Bukharian Jews remain in Tajikistan (compared to the 1989 Jewish population of 15,000 in Tajikistan).