The Ezra Scroll and the Cairo Geniza
I am reading a historical novel “The Last Watchman of Old Cairo” by Michael David Lukas. The parts of the story about Solomon Schechter and 2 sisters and the Geniza are true. I think that the rest may be fiction.
1. The characters in the book are looking for the “Ezra Scroll,” described as “a perfect Torah scroll, without flaw or innovation” written by Ezra.
Is the Ezra Scroll real? Did Ezra write such a scroll?
2. The last name of the watchman is al-Raqb. The book states that
al-Raqb means “he who watches”and it is the 43rd name of G-d.
Is there really a 43rd name of G-d?
3. Were there people assigned as watchmen of either the Geniza or the Ibn Ezra Synagogue?