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Over the course of a few years in the latter half of the seventeenth century, the community of Altona made several changes in the administration of local ritual baths. A series of entries in the communal pinkas, or logbook, elucidates how the community raised funds from mikvaot, how lay and rabbinic leaders worked together, and how communal leaders regulated ritual space both in homes and in communal space.

This presentation is for the following text(s):

  • Pinkas/Communal Logbook of Altona (CAHJP AHW 14 [50])
  • Pinkas/Communal Logbook of Altona (CAHJP AHW 14 [90])
  • Pinkas/Communal Logbook of Altona (CAHJP AHW 14 [91])

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http://wesscholar.wesleyan.edu/emw/emw2010/

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The Keynote Address and individual presentation audio files are also available through iTunes U.

See also a recent article, Debra Kaplan “To Immerse their Wives”: Communal Identity and the “Kahalishe” Mikveh of Altona" in AJS Review 36.2 (2012): 257-280

Start Date

16-8-2010 11:00 AM

Location

Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

 
Aug 16th, 11:00 AM

Regulating Communal Space: Mikvaot in Seventeenth-Century Altona

Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

Over the course of a few years in the latter half of the seventeenth century, the community of Altona made several changes in the administration of local ritual baths. A series of entries in the communal pinkas, or logbook, elucidates how the community raised funds from mikvaot, how lay and rabbinic leaders worked together, and how communal leaders regulated ritual space both in homes and in communal space.

This presentation is for the following text(s):

  • Pinkas/Communal Logbook of Altona (CAHJP AHW 14 [50])
  • Pinkas/Communal Logbook of Altona (CAHJP AHW 14 [90])
  • Pinkas/Communal Logbook of Altona (CAHJP AHW 14 [91])

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