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An interesting presentation of an extraordinary type of correspondence between communities and foremost Jewish authorities during the past fifteen hundred years by which social, economic and religious problems were discussed and solved.

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Front Matter: THE RESPONSA LITERATURETitle PageCopyright PageDedication PagePREFACECONTENTSINTRODUCTIONORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE RESPONSAGermany and Spain to the Fifteenth CenturyTurkey and Poland, Sixteenth and Seventeenth CenturiesHungary and Galicia, the Nineteenth CenturyTHE LEADING RESPONDENTSSolomon ben AdretIsaac bar Sheshet (“Perfet ”)Simon ben Zemach DuranMeir ben Baruch of RothenburgIsrael ben Petachiah Isserlein3Joseph ben Solomon Colon (Maharik)David ben Solomon ibn Zimra (Radbaz)Meir ben Gedaliah of Lublin (Maharam Lublin)Jair Hayyim Bacharach (Havot Ya 'ir)Ezekiel Landau (Noda bi-Yehudah)Moses Sofer (Hatam Sofer)Joseph Saul Nathanson (Sho 'el u-Meshib)Isaac Elhanan Spektor (“En Yitzhak,”“Be 'er Yitzhak ”)Sholom Mordecai Schwadron (Maharsham)A SELECTION OF RESPONSAThe Letter of the Gaon AmramThe Ban Against PhilosophyThe Captive WomenThe Ordination Dispute in FranceMarriages of MarranosRabbinical CompetitionTaxation for CharityTeaching the KaraitesWearing the HatA Charge Against an Anticipated InheritanceDivorce by PostThe Jew 's OathChurch Building Used As SynagogueWIDESPREAD DEBATESThe Ancona BoycottThe Divorce in ClevesThe Sturgeon ControversyThe Controversy Over Reform JudaismThe Etrogim of CorfuThe Shohet of BerdichevMachine-made MatzotHISTORY IN THE RESPONSAPolish JewryThe MarranosMODERN INVENTIONSPrintingElectricityCURIOUS RESPONSAThe Robot and the MinyanThe Balloon Over the SuccahThe Self-winding WatchThe Fore-edged BookThumb-Prlnts on the SabbathPouring Out the Soda WaterThe Hypnotized ShohetSelling a Portion of ParadiseInsurance for Wages Lost During Seven Days of MourningPROSPECTIVE DEVELOPMENT OF THE RESPONSA LITERATURENOTESINTRODUCTION1.ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE RESPONSA Pp.21 –452.THE LEADING RESPONDENTS Pp.49 –983.A SELECTION OF RESPONSA Pp.101 –1464.WIDESPREAD DEBATES Pp.149 –1905.HISTORY IN THE RESPONSA Pp.193 –2236.MODERN INVENTIONS Pp.227 –2427.CURIOUS RESPONSA Pp.245 –2648.PROSPECTIVE DEVELOPMENT OF THE RESPONSA LITERATURE Pp.267 –277REFERENCE LIST OF RESPONSAINDEX
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