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Collected Essays: v. 2

Haym Soloveitchik


This book grapples with much-disputed topics in medieval Jewish history and takes issue with a number of reigning views. The book provides a searching analysis of oft-cited halakhic texts of Ashkenaz, frequently with conclusions that differ from the current consensus. Part I questions the scholarly consensus that the roots of Ashkenaz lie deep in Palestinian soil. It challenges the widespread notion that it was immemorial custom that primarily governed Early Ashkenaz. It similarly rejects the theory that it was only towards the middle of the eleventh century that the Babylonian Talmud came to ... More

Keywords: medieval Jewish history, Ashkenaz, Babylonian Talmud, Ashkenazi culture, martyrdom, Maimonides, Iggeret ha-Shemad, kiddush ha-shem, Mishneh torah

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781904113980
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781904113980.001.0001


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Haym Soloveitchik, author

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Part I Re-Evaluation of Eleventh-Century Ashkenaz

Part II Martyrdom Under Cross and Crescent

Part III Mishneh Torah