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.
Highly readable social history comprehensively examines life of European Jews, from approximately the late 10th-century to the early 1500s. Topics include social functions of the synagogue, communal organizations, love, courtship and marriage, monogamy and home life, trades and occupations, medieval pastimes and personal relations between Christians and Jews.
During the revolt against Hadrian an Assembly of Rabbis was held at Lydda. It was then decided that a Jew must yield his life rather than accept safety from a Roman power, if such conformity involved one of the three offences: idolatry, murder, and unchastity (including incest and adultery).-from "Articles of Faith"One of the most prominent Jewish intellectuals of the turn of the 20th century elucidates, in this succinct 1910 work, some of the distinguishing elements of Jewish practice and doctrine. A devout Jew himself, Abrahams brings a passion and an intensity to his writing not always found in works of religious scholarship, from his defense of mysticism to his penetrating discussion of the internal conflicts that threaten the faith's future. This is an excellent introduction to an often-misunderstood theology and culture.British scholar ISRAEL ABRAHAMS (1858-1925) was a reader of rabbinic literature at Cambridge. He also wrote Jewish Life in the Middle Ages (1896) and Chapters on Jewish Literature (1899).
Israel Abrahams (1858 - 1925) was an eminent Anglo-Jewish scholar of Judaism. He was a well-educated man who lectured on secular as well as Jewish topics. A passionate scholar, community man and lay preacher, he wrote on Literature, Jewish life and prayer. He became reader of Talmudics at Cambridge in 1902.
"The chapters of this volume were almost all spoken addresses."--Pref. CONTENTS.- "The book of delight."- A visit to Hebron.- The solace of books.- Medieval wayfaring.- The fox's heart.- "Marriages are made in heaven."- Hebrew love songs.- A handful of curiosities.- Notes.- Index.