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The ban of Rabbenu Gershom forbade both polygamy and divorcing a woman against her will. The ban has been seen by historians as a key determinant of the singularity of Ashkenazi Jewish culture. In sixteenth-century Poland there were two main approaches among halakhic scholars towards the ban: one, represented by R. Solomon Luria adhered strictly to the Ashkenazi legal tradition; the second, represented by R. Shalom Shakhna and R. Moses Isserles, was open to other Jewish legal traditions. Is this phenomenon related to the Early Modern Period? And if so, how is it related? My discussion in the workshop shall focus on these questions.

This presentation is for the following text(s):

  • Responsa Maharshal (Shelomoh Luria) No. 14
  • Responsa Maharshal No. 65
  • Shulkhan Arukh, Glosses by Moses Isserles

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http://wesscholar.wesleyan.edu/emw/emw2008/

Start Date

18-8-2008 10:00 AM

Location

Yeshiva University, New York

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Aug 18th, 10:00 AM

The Legal Status of the Wife in Ashkenazi Jewish Legal Tradition: Continuity and Change in the Sixteenth Century

Yeshiva University, New York

The ban of Rabbenu Gershom forbade both polygamy and divorcing a woman against her will. The ban has been seen by historians as a key determinant of the singularity of Ashkenazi Jewish culture. In sixteenth-century Poland there were two main approaches among halakhic scholars towards the ban: one, represented by R. Solomon Luria adhered strictly to the Ashkenazi legal tradition; the second, represented by R. Shalom Shakhna and R. Moses Isserles, was open to other Jewish legal traditions. Is this phenomenon related to the Early Modern Period? And if so, how is it related? My discussion in the workshop shall focus on these questions.

This presentation is for the following text(s):

  • Responsa Maharshal (Shelomoh Luria) No. 14
  • Responsa Maharshal No. 65
  • Shulkhan Arukh, Glosses by Moses Isserles

http://fordham.bepress.com/emw/emw2008/emw2008/5