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By Israel Abrahams

ISBN-10: 0827605420

ISBN-13: 9780827605428

This vintage paintings of scholarship illustrates the richness, complexity, and fullness of medieval Jewish lifestyles. Readers will detect how a lot was once hidden from the inquisitive and sometimes antagonistic gaze of Christian Europe. Israel Abrahams vividly information the customs, manners, and mores, and delves into the social tradition of Jewish lifestyles at the moment.

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211. ~ Cf. Giidemann. iii. 12. Rabbinical Syn()ds 37 toms; 1 despite the disorder accruing, for instance, from the constant presence in a town of immigrant Jews, who were held free to follow their own imported mt"nllagim,. Jewish life gained more than it lost by the freedom of the individual, the freshening of the atmosphere, and the avoidance of clerical arrogance, by the co-existence of many smaller varieties within the body general of Judaism. There were, moreover, several alleviations of this anarchy in customary Judaism of the middle ages.

LiZ. 4 cr. Muller. IIf«jl<'tl(h, 1'. 281. $ The last custom was aholishc<1 in the mi. Idle ages, hut was prevalent in the tenth century. cr. 1I1ttll{'{t;uk Pou;e des Aritte/all~rs, chapter on lridm. An Eng. trans. of this chapter appeared in Publ. of the Soc. of IIeh. Literature. 1 2 Part I. 1872. The ('mire oJ Social lifl' an all too lavish hand; persecution and cruelty, even unto death, knew no bounds of time or place. But the recital of these eJegies generated heroic endurance in the war· shipper's mind rather than vindictiveness; they were a eall to courage and devotion, and if they appealed to God for revenge, the revenge was idealized almost as much as were the sorrows that demanded it.

The fathers arc often compared to priests in these elegies. a Zum, ibid, 1 2 CFiAPTER II LIFE IN THE SYNAGOGUE attitude of the medieval Jew towards his House of God was characteristic of his attitude towards life, Though the Jew and the Greek gave very different expressiems to the conception, the Jew shared with the Greek a belief in the essential unity of life amidst its detailed obl i· gations, It is not enough to say that the Jew's religion absorbed his life, for in quite as real a sense his life absorbed his religion.

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