Jewish Life in the Middle Ages

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Jewish Publication Society, 1993 - History - 452 pages
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Illustrates the richness, complexity, and fullness of medieval Jewish life. This title helps readers discover how much was hidden from the inquisitive and often hostile gaze of Christian Europe. It also details the customs, manners, and mores, and delves into the social culture of Jewish life at this time.
 

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Contents

1 The Centre of Social Life
1
2 Life in the Synagogue
15
3 Communal Organization
35
4 Institution of the Ghetto
62
5 Social Morality
83
6 The Slave Trade
96
7 Monogamy and the Home
113
8 Home Life continued
140
14 The PurimPlay and the Drama in Hebrew
260
15 Costume in Law and Fashion
273
16 The Jewish Badge
291
The Relief of the Poor
307
The Sick and the Captive
324
19 The Medieval Schools
340
20 The Scope of Education
357
21 Medieval Pastimes and Indoor Amusements
373

9 Love and Courtship
163
10 Marriage Customs
186
11 Trades and Occupations
211
12 Trades and Occupations continued
230
Appendix to Chapters 11 and 12
245
13 The Jews and the Theatre
251
Chess and Cards
388
23 Personal Relations between Jews and Christians
399
Literary Friendships
413
Index of Hebrew Authorities
431
General Index
437
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