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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 15Focusing on Jewish Religious Life, 1500-1900$
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Antony Polonsky and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774716

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774716.001.0001

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Shmuel A. Arthur Cygielman Jewish Autonomy in Poland and Lithuania until 1648

Shmuel A. Arthur Cygielman Jewish Autonomy in Poland and Lithuania until 1648

Shmuel A. Arthur Cygielman Jewish Autonomy in Poland and Lithuania until 1648
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 15

Gary Fitelberg

Liverpool University Press

This chapter details a collection of documents on Jewish autonomy in Poland and Lithuania in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This collection is an English translation of the last section of Dr Shmuel A. Arthur Cygielman’s Hebrew-language version, which was published by the Shazar Center in Jerusalem in 1991. The chapter maintains that the book is a valuable tool for anyone who desires a better acquaintance with the primary sources on Jewish life in Poland and Lithuania. It is a fascinating study dealing with Jewish communal autonomy, and above all the kahal system, affording valuable insights into Jewish life in the towns where Jews lived. On the basis of excerpts from original source materials, the author describes the structure of Jewish self-government and the economic issues of concern to the Jews in their everyday lives.

Keywords:   Shmuel A. Arthur Cygielman, Jewish autonomy, Poland, Lithuania, Jewish life, Jewish communal autonomy, kahal system

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