The Jewish Community: Its History and...

This is the first volume of the work that is centered on the European Jewish community of the Middle Ages and early modern times. The author offers a comprehensive historical and sociological analysis of the Jewish communal evolution during the Emancipation era.

aggravated by nearly total silence in others. The present author has made an effort to maintain the relative propor-tions of the various phases of his ramified topic regardless of this quantitative disparity. In the use of the vast and significant literature of rabbinic responsa, for example, he has been guided principally by the importance of the coun-tries or centuries of their provenance. Representative sam-ples from diverse areas and periods were considered more promising than mere concentration on works of a few out-standing masters, however great an influence the latter may have wielded on the subsequent evolution of Jewish law. The focus of this entire work is centered on the Euro-pean community of the Middle Ages and early modern times, both because of the great richness and variety of its historic accomplishments and, genetically, because of its in-timate linkage to Jewish community life throughout the world today. At the same time its deep moorings in the an-cient and contemporaneous eastern communities have come to the fore ever more insistently. In fact, while trying to de-tect the hidden springs of this phenomenally tenacious evo-lution, the writer found himself delving deeper and deeper not only into the obscure realms of the First Exile and the Persian and Hellenistic dispersion, but also into the early manifestations of ancient Palestinian municipal life. Many rather unexpected relationships have laid bare some of the most autochthonous roots of the diaspora community se-curely ensconced in the ever fertile soil of ancient Israel. It has been found necessary, therefore, to devote the first two chapters to a general outline of both the modern foreground and the ancient background of the community in disper-sion in its extraordinary historic career from the Babylonian Exile to the American and French Revolutions. viii PREFACE   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

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