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Italy and the Jews

  1. Overview
    1. Overview- Italy in the Early Modern Period
    2. Overview- Jews of Italy in the Early Modern Period
  2. Primary sources and presentations
    1. Samuel Aboab, Sefer Zikhronot,Bernard Cooperman, University of Maryland, USA.
    2. Taverns and Public Drinking in Florence, Stefanie Siegmund, University of Michigan, USA.
    3. The City as a Place of Regulation, Border and Exclusion- Case of Livorno, Bernard Cooperman, University of Maryland, USA.
    4. Family Ties & Political Structure in Pisa and Livorno, Bernard Cooperman, University of Maryland, USA.
    5. Juveniles in Early Modern Jewish-Italian communities- Between Family Control and Kabbalistic Piety, Roni Weinstein, University of Pisa, Italy.
    6. The Documentation of Accidental Defloration among the Jews of Early Modern Italy, David Malkiel, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.
    7. A Challenge to Sexual and Marital Propriety and Communal Reaction, Kenneth Stow, Haifa University, Israel.
    8. Roth, C. “The Memoirs of a Siennese Jew (1625-1633).” Hebrew Union College Annual V (1928)- 353-402.
    9. “Leone Da Modena, the Virtuoso of Letter-Writing.” In Letters of Jews through the Ages - From Biblical Times to the Middle of the Eighteenth Century, edited by Franz Kobler, 401-427. New York, N.Y.- East and West Library, 1978.
    10. “Sumptuary and Other Police Laws- Forli, Italy, May 18, 1418.” In The Jew in the Medieval World- A Source Book, 315-1791, edited by Jacob Rader Saperstein, Marc Marcus, 220. Cincinnati- Hebrew Union College Press, 1999.
    11. “Takkanot of Italy.” In Jewish Self-Government in the Middle Ages, edited by Louis Finkelstein, 288-295, 297, 299-300, 304-306, 308-309, 312-314, 315. Westport- Conn., Greenwood Press, 1972.
    12. Boccato, Carla. “The Testament of Jacob Cohen Ascanasi- The Family and Commerical Enterprise in the Venetian Ghetto at the End of the Sixteenth Century.” Mediterranean Historical Review 8, no. 1 (1993)- 120-124.
  3. Artifacts
    1. Roman Period I, 63 BCE-73 CE
    2. Roman Period II, 73 CE–312 CE
  4. Secondary sources
    1. Timeline- Anti-Semitism in Italy
    2. Zeldes, Nadia. “The Account Books of the Spanish Inquisition in Sicily (1500-1550) as a Source for the Study of Material Culture in a Mediterranean Country.” Mediterranean Historical Review 14, no. 2 (1999)- 84-89 (primary source).
    3. David, Abraham. “The Spanish Expulsion and the Portuguese Persecution through the Eyes of the Historian R. Gedalya Ibn Yahya.” Sefarad 56, no. 1 (1996)- 45-59. Abstract- About Italian rabbi Gedalia Ibn Yahia (1526-87), the son of Portuguese Jews who fled to Italy in the late 15th century to escape persecution, copyist and author. Examples from his Shalshelet Ha-Kabbalah [Chain of tradition] concerning the persecution of Iberian Jews show that Gedalia attempted to supplement and enrich the bare facts with new information based on additional Jewish and non-Jewish sources. Gedalia’s aim was to provide information based on his understanding of the situation and personal observation. These aspects determine his place in 16th-century Jewish historiography.
    4. Feci, Simona. “The Death of a Miller- A Trial “Contra Hebreos” In Baroque Rome.” Jewish History 7, no. 2 (1993)- 9-27.
    5. Foa, Anna. “Converts And “Conversos” In Sixteenth-Century Italy- Marranos in Rome.” In The Jews of Italy- Memory and Identity, edited by Bernard Dov and Barbara Gavin Cooperman. Bethesda- University Press of Maryland, 2000.
    6. Saperstein, Marc. “Martyrs, Merchants and Rabbis- Jewish Communal Conflict as Reflected in the Responsa on the Boycott of Ancona.” Jewish Social Studies 43, no. 3 (1981)- 215-228.
    7. Segre, Renata. “Sephardic Settlements in Sixteenth-Century Italy- A Historical and Geographical Survey.” Mediterranean Historical Review 6, no. 2 (1991)- 112-137.
    8. Zeldes, Nadia. “Diffusion of Sicilian Exiles and Their Culture as Reflected in Hebrew Colophons.” Hispania Judaica Bulletin 5 (2007)- 303-332. [NOTE- There are numerous primary sources–translations of colophones]
    9. Adelman, Howard Tzvi. “Law and Love- The Jewish Family in Early Modern Italy.” Continuity and Change 16, no. 2 (2001)- 283-303.
    10. Beecher, Donald. “Leone De’ Sommi and Jewish Theatre in Renaissance Mantua.” Renaissance and Reformation 17, no. 2 (1993)- 5-19.
    11. Bonfil, Robert. “Change in the Cultural Patterns of a Jewish Society in Crisis- Italian Jewry at the Close of the Sixteenth Century.” Jewish History 3, no. 2 (1988)- 11-30.
    12. Carpi, Daniel. “The Activity of The “Italian Congregation” Of Venice on Behalf of the Jewish Communities of Eretz Israel During the Years 1576-1733.” Henoch 21, no. 3 (1999)- 331-360.
    13. Cooperman, Bernard Dov. “Ethnicity and Institution Building among Jews in Early Modern Rome.” AJS Review 30, no. 1 (2006)- 119-145.
    14. Horowitz, Elliot. “Families and Their Fortunes- The Jews of Early Modern Italy.” In Cultures of the Jews, edited by David Biale, 573-636- Schocken, 2002.
    15. Malkiel, David. “The Ghetto Republic,” in Davis and Ravid, The Jews of Early Modern Venice, 117-142, 273-276.
    16. Ravid, Benjamin. “From Geographical Realia to Historical Symbol- The Odyssey of the Word “Ghetto”.” In Essential Papers on Jewish Culture in Renaissance and Baroque Italy, edited by David B. Ruderman. New York- New York University Press, 1992.
    17. Ravid, Benjamin. “The Prohibition against Jewish Printing and Publishing in Venice and the Difficulties of Leone Modena.” In Studies in Medieval Jewish History and Literature, edited by Isadore Twersky. Cambridge- Harvard University Press, 1979.
    18. Ruderman, David B. “At the Intersection of Cultures- The Historical Legacy of Italian Jewry.” In Gardens and Ghettos- The Art of Jewish Life in Italy, edited by Vivian Mann, 1-23. Berkeley and Los Angeles- University of California Press, 1989.
    19. Ruderman, David B. and Giuseppe Veltri. “The Cultural Significance of the Ghetto in Jewish History.” In From Ghetto to Emancipation- Historical and Contemporary Reconsiderations of the Jewish Community, edited by Myers David N. and William V. Rowe. Scranton, PA- University of Scranton Press, 1997.
    20. Ruderman, David B. “Contemporary Science and Jewish Law in the Eyes of Isaac Lampronti of Ferrara and Some of His Contemporaries.” In The Frank Talmage Memorial Volume, edited by Barry Walfish, 211-224. Haifa- Haifa University Press, 1992.
    21. Tirosh-Samuelson, Hava. “Jewish Culture in Renaissance Italy- A Methodological Survey.” Italia 9, no. 1-2 (1990)- 63-96.
  5. Images
    1. Mahzor (Italian rite; commissioned for woman), Abraham ben Mordecai Farissol (scribe), Italy, 1471, MS 8255, Fol. 5v.
    2. Mahzor (Roman rite), Soncino/Casal Maggiore- Benei Soncino, 1485/6, Heb-73, Vol. 2, fol. 117v-118r.
    3. Almanac, Italy, 1496, Heb-3.
    4. Letter of expulsion of Jews from Naples, Naples, 1504, B H11a.
    5. Edict Ordering the Confiscation and Burning of the Talmud, Venice, 1553.
    6. Minhagim, Venice, 1593, BM700.I818 1593, Fol. 73v – Purim.
    7. Bible. Prophets, Book of Jonah transliterated into Judeo-Italian (Tuscan dialect), Italy, (16–) MS L667, Fol. 362r.
    8. Medaber Yehudah, Leone Modena, Venice, 1602, RB 118-23, Title page.
    9. Birkat ha-Mazon, Venice, 1603, RB145-3, Title page.
    10. Elegy by David Finzi in honor of Moses Zacuto, Mantua, 1697, B (NS)PP565.
    11. Elegy by Shimon Hizkiyahu Lustro for Simon Hezekiah Lustro, Padua, 1699, B (NS)PP299.
    12. Elegy, Moise Levi Muia and Leon Levi Muia (?), Venice, 1706, RB448-33, Title page.
    13. Ma’aseh Tuviah, Venice- Bragadini, 1707, RB 144-4, Fol. 106r.
    14. Elegy, Shimshon ben Yaakov Hacohen Modon for Yehudah Briel, Venice, 1722, RB141-10, Title page.
  6. Videos
    1. Steven Fine- Jews in Ancient Rome
  7. Websites
    1. Jewish Virtual Library- Italy and the Jews – Timeline

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