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While it is relatively easy to map out mutual cultural influences between Jews and non‐Jews, it is much more difficult to map out the mechanisms of this cultural exchange. Such instances of cultural exchange may have happened indirectly, for example, through books, as Joanna Weinberg termed it, through “virtual contact”; or, directly, through “real” human interaction. The texts presented here deal with the latter. One set of texts is a selection of several seventeenth‐century takkanot, rulings, by the Council of Four Lands, the supra‐communal organization responsible primarily for collection of taxes levied by the Polish state but also engaging in administration of affairs within Jewish communities. The second text comes from Polish court records and shows a criminal trial of a Jewish tavern keeper, Szmul Dubiński, accused of blasphemy in Rzeszow in 1726.

This presentation discusses the following texts:

1. Pinkas Va`ad Arba Aratsot [Minute Book of the Council of Four Lands] Year (5)367 – 1607

2. Trial of Szmul Dubiński (1726), Archiwum Państwowe w Rzeszowie, AmR, 27, pp. 348-351, published in Adam Kaźmierczyk, ed., Żydzi polscy 1648-1772 (Cracow: Uniwesytet Jagielloński, 2001), 147-150.

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The Early Modern Inn as a Space for Religious and Cultural Exchange

Brown University, Providence, RI

While it is relatively easy to map out mutual cultural influences between Jews and non‐Jews, it is much more difficult to map out the mechanisms of this cultural exchange. Such instances of cultural exchange may have happened indirectly, for example, through books, as Joanna Weinberg termed it, through “virtual contact”; or, directly, through “real” human interaction. The texts presented here deal with the latter. One set of texts is a selection of several seventeenth‐century takkanot, rulings, by the Council of Four Lands, the supra‐communal organization responsible primarily for collection of taxes levied by the Polish state but also engaging in administration of affairs within Jewish communities. The second text comes from Polish court records and shows a criminal trial of a Jewish tavern keeper, Szmul Dubiński, accused of blasphemy in Rzeszow in 1726.

This presentation discusses the following texts:

1. Pinkas Va`ad Arba Aratsot [Minute Book of the Council of Four Lands] Year (5)367 – 1607

2. Trial of Szmul Dubiński (1726), Archiwum Państwowe w Rzeszowie, AmR, 27, pp. 348-351, published in Adam Kaźmierczyk, ed., Żydzi polscy 1648-1772 (Cracow: Uniwesytet Jagielloński, 2001), 147-150.