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Divided SoulsConverts from Judaism in Germany, 1500-1750$
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Elisheva Carlebach

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300084108

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300084108.001.0001

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Revealing the Secrets of Judaism

Revealing the Secrets of Judaism

The Literature of Jewish Ceremonial

(p.170) Chapter 9 Revealing the Secrets of Judaism
Divided Souls

Elisheva Carlebach

Yale University Press

This chapter tries to re-assess the converts' role in shaping the Christians' images of Judaism and Jews, as part of their efforts to place themselves between the two communities. The first section explains how Jewish ritual law was found at the center of the Jewish–Christian conflict, followed by a look at Jewish ceremonial literature, which is found to be mostly a German occurrence. Part of the creativity of this ceremonial literature can be traced back to the religious-mental structures of Ashkenaz; this includes the arrival of minhag literature. The chapter looks at the different literary pioneers during the 16th century, and finally the use of illustrations of Jewish folk practices to make the polemic against the Jews more domestic and private.

Keywords:   ritual law, Jewish–Christian conflict, ceremonial literature, Ashkenaz, minhag literature, literary pioneers, folk practices, polemic, Judaism, Christians

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