Jewish Life In The Middle Ages

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So writes the author in the Introduction to his highly readable history which chronicles and examines the life of European Jews from approximately the late tenth century to the early 1500s. This excerpt represents just one of a multitude of themes expertly woven together by Israel Abrahams (1858-1925), distinguished Rabbinics scholar and former President of the Jewish Historical Society of England.

Topics include the synagogue as the center of social life; communal organization;...

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Overview

So writes the author in the Introduction to his highly readable history which chronicles and examines the life of European Jews from approximately the late tenth century to the early 1500s. This excerpt represents just one of a multitude of themes expertly woven together by Israel Abrahams (1858-1925), distinguished Rabbinics scholar and former President of the Jewish Historical Society of England.

Topics include the synagogue as the center of social life; communal organization; the institution of the ghetto; social morality; love, courtship, and marriage; monogamy and home life; trades and occupations; Jewish dress; marriage customs; private and communal charities; medieval pastimes; and personal relations between Christians and Jews.

A sweeping view of the Jewish historical experience, this volume is essential reading for students, teachers, scholars, and anyone interested in cultural history and Judaica.

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Israel Abrahams
"I confess that when I undertook to write of Jewish life in the middle ages, I did so under the impression that Jewish life was everywhere more or less similar, and that it would be possible to present a generic image of it. Deeper research has completely dispelled this belief. Possibly the reader may note with disappointment that my book reveals no central principle, that it is a survey less of Jewish life than of Jewish lives." -- Israel Abrahams
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827605428
  • Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
  • Publication date: 9/1/1993
  • Series: Temple Books
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 1.07 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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    Jewish history in the Middle Ages

    Excellent historical picture of Jewish life in the middle ages and the pattern of discrimination for hundreds of years.

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