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in Reconstructing Ashkenaz: The Human Face of Franco-German Jewry, 1000-1250

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759502
eISBN:
9780804786843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759502.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This chapter sets the stage for the ensuing discussion by examining the portrayal of Ashkenazic Jewry in premodern and modern historiography, and considers the image presented in medieval and early ... More


Deviance

in Reconstructing Ashkenaz: The Human Face of Franco-German Jewry, 1000-1250

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759502
eISBN:
9780804786843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759502.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

The Jews of Ashkenaz are generally portrayed as the halakhic society par excellence, utterly subservient to Jewish law and rabbinical authority. This chapter offers evidence to the contrary from a ... More


Sepharad

in Reconstructing Ashkenaz: The Human Face of Franco-German Jewry, 1000-1250

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759502
eISBN:
9780804786843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759502.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This chapter questions the explanatory power of the courtiers' Greek wisdom and hedonism, and then challenges the basic Ashkenaz–Sepharad dichotomy. The upshot of this discussion is that the gap ... More


The Reconstruction of Pre-Ashkenazic Jewish Settlements in the Slavic Lands in the Light of Linguistic Sources

Paul Wexler

in Polin Studies in Polish Jewry Volume One: Poles and Jews Renewing the Dialogue

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113171
eISBN:
9781800340589
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113171.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses the reconstruction of the history of pre-Ashkenazic Jewish settlement patterns in the Slavic lands. It first surveys briefly the insights of historians on early Jewish ... More


Apostates

in Reconstructing Ashkenaz: The Human Face of Franco-German Jewry, 1000-1250

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759502
eISBN:
9780804786843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759502.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

The prevailing image of apostasy in medieval Ashkenaz posits that apostasy was rare; that the few apostates were almost all forcibly baptized, rather than true converts to Christianity; that the few, ... More


Reconstructing Ashkenaz: The Human Face of Franco-German Jewry, 1000-1250

David Malkiel

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759502
eISBN:
9780804786843
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759502.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This book shows that, contrary to traditional accounts, the Jews of Western Europe in the High Middle Ages were not a society of saints and martyrs, and offers revisions of commonly held ... More


Ashkenazic Jewry and Catastrophe

Steven J. Zipperstein

in Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 1: Poles and Jews: Renewing the Dialogue

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113171
eISBN:
9781800340589
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113171.003.0024
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses Ashkenazic Jewry and catastrophe. When Simon Dubnow was invited to contribute to the first volume of the Yiddish-language Historishe shriftn (1929), he submitted a piece on the ... More


Christians

in Reconstructing Ashkenaz: The Human Face of Franco-German Jewry, 1000-1250

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759502
eISBN:
9780804786843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759502.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

The image of a pristine Ashkenazic society presents these Jews as culturally autonomous, as dwelling entirely within the four ells of their own tradition and lifestyle, and as conducting contact with ... More


Some Basic Characteristics of the Jewish Experience in Poland

Gershon David Hundert

in Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 1: Poles and Jews: Renewing the Dialogue

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113171
eISBN:
9781800340589
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113171.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter investigates the basic characteristics of the Jewish experience in Poland. For much of its history, the Polish-Jewish community was the largest in the world. It is generally asserted ... More


Martyrdom

in Reconstructing Ashkenaz: The Human Face of Franco-German Jewry, 1000-1250

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759502
eISBN:
9780804786843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759502.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

Studies of the First Crusade have portrayed the assailants as presenting the Jews with the choice of baptism or death, an element of choice that has been responsible in large measure for the creation ... More


God, Humanity, and History: The Hebrew First Crusade Narratives

Robert Chazan

Helen F. Siu and Donald Sutton (eds)

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520221277
eISBN:
9780520923959
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520221277.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

Although closely focused on the remarkable Hebrew First-Crusade narratives, this book's new interpretation of these texts is anything but narrow, as the title strongly suggests. The three surviving ... More


Adumbrations

in Reconstructing Ashkenaz: The Human Face of Franco-German Jewry, 1000-1250

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759502
eISBN:
9780804786843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759502.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This chapter focuses on Jewish–Christian relations in early medieval Ashkenaz. It examines the soundness of the conclusion that the massacres of the First Crusade were the predictable and inevitable ... More


Survival

in Reconstructing Ashkenaz: The Human Face of Franco-German Jewry, 1000-1250

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759502
eISBN:
9780804786843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759502.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

Martyrdom, particularly mass suicide, is the focus of the twelfth-century Hebrew narratives of the First Crusade persecutions, which extol the lofty ideal of Kiddush ha-Shem. This chapter illuminates ... More


On Dating Sefer Ḥasidim

Haym Soloveitchik

in Collected Essays: Volume III

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781904113997
eISBN:
9781800851061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113997.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter examines when Sefer Ḥasidim was written. German Pietism was not a mass but an elite movement, a group of spiritual virtuosi, small in numbers but still enough to constitute a movement. ... More


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