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Communal Organization: Social Services and Education

Medieval W. Christendom

  1. Introduction
    1. Introduction- Social Services and Education
  2. Images
    1. Giving and Teaching the Torah, Leipzig Mahzor fol. 130b
    2. Rabban Gamaliel, Barcelona Haggadah, fol 59
    3. School Initiation, Leipzig Mahzor, fol 131a
  3. Primary Texts
    1. Custom of R. Kalonymous, Ma`asei ha-Geonim
    2. Community Obligation for Orphans, Responsum of R. Meshullam ben Kalonymous
    3. Claims of Superior Jewish Social Services, Joseph Kimhi, Sefer Ha-Berit
    4. Education, Responsum of R. Gershom
    5. Claims of Superior Jewish Education, Joseph Kimhi, Sefer Ha-Berit
    6. Introduction to Primary Jewish Education, Sefer ha-Rokeah
    7. Introduction to Primary Jewish Education, Sefer Hasidim
    8. Education Regulations, Castile 1432 Communal Ordinance
  4. Secondary Literature
    1. Y. Assis, The Golden Age of Aragonese Jewry- Community and Society in the Crown of Aragon, 1213-1327, 237-296.
    2. Ivan Marcus, Rituals of Childhood (New Haven- Yale University Press, 1998).
    3. E. Kanarfogel, Jewish Education and Society in the High Middle Ages (Detroit- Wayne State University Press, 1992).
    4. A. Grossman, Pious and Rebellious- Jewish Women in Medieval Europe, trans. J. Chipman (Waltham- Brandeis University Press, 2004).
    5. E. Baumgarten, Mothers and Children- Jewish Family Life in Medieval Europe (Princeton- Princeton University Press, 2004).
  5. Videos
    1. What types of social services were provided by the Jewish community organizations? Prof. Robert Chazan.

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