- Title Pages
- Note on Place-Names
- Note on Transliteration
- The Sixtieth Anniversary of the Massacre in Jedwabne: Two Speeches Delivered in Jedwabne, 10 July 2001
Review EssaysJohn Paul II on Jews and Judaism
- Recent Developments in the Historiography of Silesian Jews
- A Review of Some Recent Issues of the Biuletyn Żydowskiego InstytutuHistorycznego
- Gates of Heaven
- Upside-Down History
- Book Reviews
- Edward Fram
- Chava Weissler
- David Assaf
- Sophia Kemlein
- Leszek Ziątkowski
- Naomi Seidman
- Olaf Bergmann
- Helena Bodek
- Rafael F. Scharf
- Michal Glowiński
- Daniel Tollet (ed), Les Vérités des uns et celles des autres: Points de vue de juifs et de chrétiens sur la Shoah en Pologne
- Irena F. Karafilly, Ashes and Miracles: A Polish Journey
- Obituaries Andrzej Szczypiorski
- Jerzy Turowicz
- Notes on the Contributors
Ideals Face Reality: Jewish Law and Life in Poland 1550–1665
- Edward Fram
- Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 14
- 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.
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