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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 14Focusing on Jews in the Polish Borderlands$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774693

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774693.001.0001

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Edward Fram

Edward Fram

Ideals Face Reality: Jewish Law and Life in Poland 1550–1665

Edward Fram
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 14

Michael Broyde

Ricetti Angela

Liverpool University Press

This chapter takes a look at Edward Fram's Ideals Face Reality: Jewish Law and Life in Poland 1550–1665. It shows how the book is a rich portrait of the life of Polish Jewry in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and of the impact of halakhic legislation upon it. In the work, Fram approaches the era from the perspective of the posek (halakhic authority): finding ways to adapt the halakhah to contemporary situations while maintaining its integrity. The demands of the market-place especially stretched Jewish legal thought to its creative limits. Through the use of the responsa documents of some of Polish Jewry's greatest thinkers — Moses Isserles, Joel Sirkes, and Solomon Luria among them — Fram seeks to determine how the rabbis made Torah liveable in complicated times.

Keywords:   Edward Fram, Ideals Face Reality, Jewish law, halakhic legislation, posek, halakhah, book review, Polish Jewry, Torah

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