Jewish Life In The Middle Agesby Israel Abrahams
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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